October 7th, 2019
Contact Information:Ocean State LibrariesStephen Spohnsspohn@oslri.net401.738.2200
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2019
Ocean State Libraries Calls for Macmillan to Reverse Library eBook Embargo
On July 25, Macmillan Publishers announced it would become the only major (Big 5) publisher to limit eBook lending for U.S. libraries. Under its new licensing model, scheduled to begin November 1, 2019, a library may purchase one copy upon release of a new title in eBook format, after which the publisher will impose an eight-week embargo on additional copies of that title sold to libraries. While the first copy is available via a perpetual access license, the subsequent copies will only be available via metered access. Ocean State Libraries urges Macmillan to immediately reverse this decision and to engage the library community in thoughtful dialog on the partnership between libraries and publishers to connect people to books.
Ocean State Libraries (OSL) Executive Director Stephen Spohn asserts,
“This action by Macmillan is shocking. An embargo on library ebook and audiobook purchasing hurts people of all ages who rely on libraries to provide access to educational, informational and recreational literature. The eight-week embargo reinforces the digital divide between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ and contributes to inequalities with far-reaching effects in society.