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Librarians’ Crusade for Easy and Affordable E-book Access – Plus More ATG News & Announcements for 5/17/24

by | May 17, 2024 | 0 comments


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According to this post in Good e-Reader “For libraries across the US, it has been an uphill battle against soaring e-book prices. The fight is to ensure e-books are easily accessible to members and at affordable rates.

As Axios reported, publishers commonly impose stringent terms on libraries, mandating them to renew e-book licenses every two years or after a fixed number of loans, often as few as 26. These policies, labeled as prohibitively expensive by libraries, severely restrict the number of e-books available for lending, especially popular titles that readers clamor for.

But it’s not just a matter of cost. Readers have grown fond of apps like Libby and Hoopla, which offer a treasure trove of e-books and audiobooks for free (at least to them). However, some libraries find themselves grappling with the steep renewal costs associated with these platforms, leading them to drop out, particularly from Hoopla.

On the other side of the ring, the Association of American Publishers contends that they must safeguard the rights of copyright owners, namely authors, to fair compensation for their work. Hoopla and Libby, serving as intermediaries, assert that they’re not the ones dictating the rules; it’s the publishers who call the shots. …”



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