Why Won’t They Sell to Us? An Open Letter to Publishers

CHICAGO (September 28, 2012) — American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan released this open letter to publishers regarding the refusal of Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries.

The letter begins:

“It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product and is told its money is “no good here.” Surprisingly, after centuries of enthusiastically supporting publishers’ products, libraries find themselves in just that position with purchasing e-books from three of the largest publishers in the world. Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin have been denying access to their e-books for our nation’s 112,000 libraries and roughly 169 million public library users.” Read the rest of the letter….

 

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