Riverside Public Library
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Where are all the eBooks?
Libraries are having trouble getting ebooks from the largest publishing companies. These publishers are adding restrictions and price increases, or simply not selling ebooks to libraries at all:
- Penguin recently ended ebook lending to public libraries.
- HarperCollins has a 26-checkout limit on each ebook and then the library has to buy it again.
- Random House allows unrestricted access to ebooks, but recently raised prices in some cases tripling them.
- Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Hachette don't sell ebooks to libraries at all.
This means that library customers can get a print copy of a book from a library, but can't get that same book in an ebook format. But that's not what our customers want. Our customers are readers and our readers want books, in all formats, from libraries.
Please sign this petition to help keep eBooks in libraries