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Why aren't there more eBooks?
Many Publishers Will Not sell or License eBooks to Libraries
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. Please know that Pioneer Library System and the American Library Association are committed to advocating for a change to these restrictive policies.
The following companies currently refuse to sell or license eBooks to libraries:
|Macmillan Publishing||Simon & Schuster||Penguin Group|
|Hachette Book Group||Scholastic Inc.|
Think that's wrong? So do we. If you would like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also write or call each publisher to let them know what you think. For your convenience, the addresses and a sample letter are provided here.