[Libs-Or] ALA welcomes Macmillan expansion of library ebook lending

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 17 22:32:21 PDT 2013


ALA welcomes Macmillan expansion of library ebook lending
Posted on October 17, 2013 by Jazzy Wright

This month Macmillan will offer its entire ebook backlist to libraries, as
reported in *Publishers
*. Macmillan first entered the library ebook market in January 2013 by
offering a pilot of its mystery titles under the Minotaur imprint, then
expanded the pilot to romance titles in June. With its third foray into the
library ebook market this year, Macmillan is definitely on an "upward
trajectory with librarians," said ALA President Barbara Stripling.

"ALA is pleased to learn of this major expansion of the Macmillan pilot
"President Stripling continued. "After a very difficult 2012, the library
community has witnessed positive ebook movement from a number of the large
publishers. I believe this reflects a growing appreciation among publishers
of the value libraries bring by connecting authors and readers millions of
times every day in this country." In addition to Macmillan, libraries have
seen improved availability and terms from Penguin (now part of Penguin
Random House) and Hachette Book Group, and Simon & Schuster launched a
pilot of several libraries in New York City over the past year.

"However, I do want to emphasize that while we've seen good progress this
year, much more remains to be done," said Stripling. "Many issues remain on
the table, such as multiple licensing options per publisher, full access to
newly published titles, conversion of all remaining pilots to nationwide
distribution, library pricing that is closer to consumer levels,
preservation, privacy, and accommodations for people with disabilities."


*Diedre Conkling**
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
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