Libraries and E-books
September 4, 2013
In this online perspective he wrote that he attended the ALA convention in June.
While I was in Chicago, I sat down with some of the ALA strategists to talk about how libraries are getting a raw deal on e-books. When libraries want to buy an e-book from the publisher, they find themselves paying as much as five times the price you or I pay for the same book. Literally – librarians are paying $60-80, and sometimes more, to include current release frontlist titles in their collections. Each of these e-books can only be lent to one patron at a time, which means that libraries are sometimes buying a dozen – or more – of these overpriced text-files.
ALA has launched a program called Authors for Library E-books seeking to add author voices to those of librarians and readers in support of equitable access to digital content through libraries. Doctorow suggests that authors join him in supporting this.
-Posting authored by Lorraine Burdick