Libraries and publishers have an uneasy relationship when it comes to ebook purchasing and lending.
In March 2011, HarperCollins announced a controversial decision related to their ebook policies for libraries. Since then, many libraries have boycotted purchasing HarperCollins titles (in any format). The ALA (American Library Association) response to the Harper Collins decision was swift.
Now, Hachette Books is rethinking a decision that has kept Hachette’s frontlist ebook titles out of library hands since July 2010.
How will it all play out? Stay tuned …
For myself, I’m excited to learn more about these kinds of issues at Ebooks: the New Normal, a virtual conference I’m attending in October. — Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services