We’ve been blogging about libraries and ebooks and how some publishers do (or don’t do) business with libraries. For example:
- ebooks from some publishers are not available to libraries at any price
- some publishers place caps on the number of times an ebook can be checked out before access is lost and the library has to purchase the ebook again
- other publishers have raised the price of ebooks to libraries by as much as 300%
A grassroots campaign, whose goal is to convince publishers to increase the availability of ebooks to libraries, is now underway.
The advocacy effort launched Tuesday (May 8, 2012) with a website called ebooks for libraries. The centerpiece of the website is a petition with a target of 10,000 signatures.
If this issue resonates with you, let your voice be heard.