Josh Hadro over at Library Journal has reported that Harper-Collins has announced significant changes to the way it licenses its books to library eBook vendors. Under their new license, each eBook can be borrowed only twenty-six times before the license expires and the library required to purchase the title anew. Two other major publishers, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster, already do not allow their digital titles to be lent at all, and this adds yet another disincentive for libraries to add downloadable digital content to their collections.
Sarah Houghton-Jan, over at Librarian in Black, is calling upon libraries to contact Overdrive and Harper-Collins to express their discontent and to boycott digital content from publishers who place onerous restrictions on digital lending.
This weekend’s protests in the UK against plans to shutter some 450 libraries brought out quite a few celebrities and notable authors, including one of my personal favorites who made an appearance at St James library in his own Northampton…
“Libraries are constantly under attack from people who fear knowledge, politicians who think guns are more important than books, and people who want to ensure that multi-millionaires pocket even more money. As an author, father, and a reader, I beg you: please support your local libraries in any way you can, and if you enjoy reading, take a moment to thank a librarian.”