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ALA Meets with New York Publishers

In the first week of December, a delegation of leaders from the American Library Association (ALA) met—in separate meetings—with executives of Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Hachette Book Group to discuss the current state and future of library ebook lending. This delegation was led by ALA president Courtney L. Young and the cochairs of ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG), Carolyn Anthony and Erika Linke. Also included in the delegation were President-Elect Sari Feldman, immediate Past President Barbara Stripling, Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, and Alan S.

DCL Ebook Report, December 2014

The good folks at Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries have a special Christmas gift for those of us working on the many ebook issues libraries face. This price comparison (PDF file) is based on Amazon’s bestsellers as of December 1, so it features a number of holiday books. One that stands out is Frozen (The Ultimate Sticker Book) for which there is no ebook equivalent.

Publishers Weekly honors ALA for ebook advocacy

On December 1, Publishers Weekly lauded ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group former cochairs Sari Feldman and Bob Wolven in the publication’s annual “Publishing People of 2014” recognition for their role in advocating for fair library ebook lending practices.

Simon & Schuster Drops "Buy It Now" Requirement

Simon & Schuster (S&S) announced November 20 that it will no longer require libraries to display a “Buy It Now” (BIN) button in order to lend its ebooks. Instead, libraries will be able to opt into the BIN program at their option. This change eases tension among S&S, libraries, and ebook vendors, and it opens the door to a full partnership with S&S and greater access for library patrons to the publisher’s ebooks.

Simon & Schuster Allows Opt-in to "Buy It Now" Program

ALA and its Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) welcomes Simon & Schuster’s announcement that it will allow libraries to opt into the publisher’s “Buy It Now” program.

Libraries and Buy It Now: A Difficult Decision?

When Simon & Schuster (S&S) announced in June that it was extending to the entire US a pilot project originally started with the New York City Public Libraries, it became the last of the Big Five publishers to license its ebooks for loan by libraries. The American Library Association applauded the announcement in a press release, as it has applauded all such announcements.

After Privacy Glitch, the Ball Is Now in Our Court

On October 23, Adobe announced that with its software update (Digital Editions 4.0.1), the collection and transmission of user data has been secured. Adobe was true to its word that a fix would be made by the week of October 20 correcting this apparent oversight. 

DCL Ebook Report for October 2014

Here’s your monthly fix of ebook price comparisons, compliments of the Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries Ebook Report. This kind of data is critical in supporting our arguments that ebooks cost darn too much.

Macmillan’s Ebooks Now Available to Library Consortia

OverDrive announced this week that Macmillan has lifted its restriction on licensing its ebooks to library consortia. Of the Big 5, only Hachette now has any restriction on consortium access and they continue to evaluate consortia on a case-by-case basis.

Alison Lazarus, Macmillan Sales Division president, confirmed in an email that the publisher has been working with its vendors to amend their agreements to permit licensing to consortia.

The Gates Legacy

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation seems to be getting out of the world of libraries, which is a shame. One result of their investments has been the fascinating research conducted by the Pew Research Center.

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