Do you love e-books? Publishers are restricting library access

Here’s how you can help:

ebooks for allebook accessDear Library Customer:

Reading is one of The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County’s number one priorities. Our mission is connect you with library materials you need and want to inspire you and enrich your life. Books come in all formats – print books, e-books, audiobooks.

Now your ability to access eBooks is in jeopardy.

One publisher has announced plans to limit readers’ access to new e-book titles through their libraries. Macmillan Publishers has announced that beginning November 1, 2019, libraries will be able to purchase only one copy of each new e-book title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release. That means readers will be on long lists, waiting to read the newest titles. Other publishers may follow suit.

On September 12, The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County’s Board of Trustees passed a RESOLUTION denouncing Macmillan’s new eBook policy. We hope you will consider joining with public library customers across the United States to make your voice heard.

Sign the petition today at eBooksForAll.org or text EBOOKS to 40649 and demand that Macmillan treat public libraries as collaborators rather than competitors. #eBooksForAll



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eBook and eAudiobook Resolution – Board of Trustees of The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

WHEREAS, Ohio’s public libraries currently serve more than 8.4 million individuals; and The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has more than 103,000 cardholders, and

WHEREAS, Ohio’s public libraries have the highest use per capita in the nation; and The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County had an estimated 205,000 checkouts in 2018 for eBooks and eAudiobooks, which is an 98% increase from 2014 checkouts, and

WHEREAS, 1.58 million Ohioans live below the poverty line in families where eBooks are an unaffordable luxury, and rely on libraries to provide free access to information and resources that support children’s education, provide self-improvement opportunities, and offer recreational reading options, and

WHEREAS, the “Community Reading Event Impact Report,” released by the Panorama Project has shown that access to eBooks through libraries led to increased e-book sales, and

WHEREAS, the US publishing industry earned $25.83 billion in revenue in 2018, with downloaded audio seeing 28.7% growth over 2017, and

WHEREAS, the major publishers have recently announced new policies for eBooks and eAudiobooks that severely limits public libraries’ ability to purchase, or delays the purchase, of digital copies of materials and information, and

WHEREAS, these restrictive policies directly impact the ability of Ohio’s public libraries to serve the 11.6 million people of Ohio and adequately provide access to materials and information, and

WHEREAS, the new eBook and eAudiobook policies represent a significant financial burden impacting taxpayer supported public libraries’ overall operations and services, with The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County spending over $450,000 in 2018 on eBooks and eAudiobooks, a 201% spending increase compared to 2014, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED on this day of September 12, 2019, that we, the Board of Trustees of The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County call upon Blackstone Audio, Hachette, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster to 1) reconsider these recently announced restrictive and onerous policies; and 2) engage in a meaningful and direct dialogue and exchange of information with libraries, library consortia, library associations, authors, executives from Overdrive, and other relevant stakeholders for the purpose of devising new policies that ensure equitable access to Ohio’s 8.4 million library users.