DCL Ebook Report for March 2014

Posted Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 15:02
Cover of Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly

Dear Librarians,

Here is the DCL Ebook Report for March 2014 from Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries. Click here.

This month I pose the following challenges:

  1. Can you locate the book on the New York Times bestseller list that is not available to libraries in any format? We’ve seen before the inability to buy an ebook (seen again here in the case of Killing Jesus). Now, we can’t even buy paper. 
  2. Note, too, the new price point of $90. (I have protested before libraries’ inability to own the books we “buy.” But now we can’t even rent them, or if we can, it’s at precisely 12 times the consumer price.)
  3. Somewhere in our psyche, surely, there is a switch: outrage ON. Can you find yours?


It's always interesting to see the DCL report each month and note that, while ebook availability has improved steadily for US libraries, here in Australia the offering for our readers is much poorer.

Using the DCL list as a template there are precisely TWO fiction titles available with many publishers still completely absent from the Australian library emarketplace. None of the middle grade titles are available and only two each of the non-fiction and YA titles (not even the Book Thief - Australian author!)

Pricing is mainly on a par with the US and I spluttered audibly when the first $90 Random House title appeared on a selection list this week.

Outrage: Yes. Futility: High.