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First, librarians love authors. Our business is knowledge-building and imagination, and writers form the backbone of our nonprofit exercise in supporting and promoting lifelong learning…. It is not in the long-term interests of authors (or publishers) to deny library e-lending and the educational benefits it affords. American Library Association President, Maureen Sullivan in response to Scott Turrow
On the face of it, librarians and people in the publishing industry have a lot in common. We love good literature. We delight in the discovery of new authors. We’re curious about the future. Together, we fight censorship. But it’s clear to most librarians that the big six’s stances on libraries and e-books is a transparent attempt to lock us out of the e-book market altogether—a stance that is itself a kind of censorship. Much of the tension between librarians and the big six feels like nothing so much as a betrayal of trust, a unilateral abandonment of our common purpose. James LaRue, Give ’em What They Want?
Patrons can stop by Durango’s library and check out the latest bestsellers, including J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy and John Sandford’s Mad River. But they’re out of luck when it comes to checking out the e-book versions of those titles. Not because the library hasn’t purchased the e-books for local readers, but because four of the major publishing houses – Penguin, Hachette, Simon & Shuster and MacMillan – refuse to sell their bestselling titles in e-book format to libraries. None of them returned calls or e-mails for comment. Libraries stuck in digital divide: Major publishing houses thwart efforts to expand availability of e-books
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