As of November 1, Macmillan, one of the nation's largest book publishers, has launched an eBook embargo. This means that all libraries – no matter their size – can purchase only one copy of a new eBook in the first eight weeks after its publication.
The SEFLIN Board of Directors opposes Macmillan Publishers' new pricing model for eBook lending to libraries. SEFLIN joins other libraries and library organizations in asking Macmillan to reverse its policy so that we can continue to meet readers' needs both online and in print.
Macmillan's plan will significantly impact library users, especially those with more barriers and fewer resources. Readers with disabilities, such as poor vision and dyslexia, for example, are especially reliant on eBooks. Library users who rely on us for the latest books and materials will see longer wait periods just when demand is the highest.
Make Your Voice Heard!
Tens of thousands of readers have already added their names to a petition launched by the American Library Association at eBooksForAll.org.