Sep 24 2012
The American Library Association's president Maureen Sullivan released an open letter to publishers today, singling out the "discriminatory" eBook library policies of three major publishers. Here is an excerpt from the letter:
"Librarians have a particular concern for vulnerable populations that may not have any other access to books and electronic content, including individuals and families who are homebound or low-income. To deny these library users access to ebooks that are available to others - and which libraries are eager to purchase on their behalf - is discriminatory. We have met and talked sincerely with many of these publishers. We have sought common ground by exploring new business models and library lending practices. But these conversations only matter if they are followed by action: Simon and Schuster must sell to libraries. Macmillan must implement its proposed pilot. Penguin must accelerate and expand its pilots beyond two urban New York libraries.
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