Sacramento Public Library

Update: eBook Emergency

12/13/2012
Why aren't there more eBooks? Many publishers will not sell or license eBooks to libraries.
 
Ever wondered what your library shelves would look like if you removed all the books you can’t get in ebook format?

This video shows you what that shelf would look like (warning – it’s pretty scary).



Read the Forbes article Wrong War Over eBooks: Publishers vs. Libraries for a detailed overview.

Sadly, unlike a regular person, a library cannot pay Amazon or Barnes & Noble for an eBook and then lend it out to people. We can buy a printed book from these companies, place it on the shelf, and lend it out--but digital content is being treated differently by the publishers and the companies who manage digital content licensing.

We very much want to offer these eBooks to patrons; however, the publishers' policies are preventing us from doing so.

Think that's wrong? So do we - Sacramento Public Library is committed to advocating for a change to these restrictive policies and we need your help to do that. 

Send an email to all publishers who currently refuse to license or sell eBooks to libraries.


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