#EbooksForAll Campaign Fights Library E-book Embargo
The American Library Association's #EbooksForAll campaign has garnered more than 100,000 signatures from readers, authors, library staff and patrons from all 50 states in the span of one month. The campaign condemns Macmillan Publishers' plan to restrict library access to e-books, which begins on November 1, when the publisher will limit libraries to purchasing only one copy of each new e-book title for the first eight weeks after its release and hike prices of additional copies purchased after that period to quadruple consumer prices for a span of only two years.
"The groundswell of support we've seen for our #EbooksForAll campaign underscores the vast number of readers that will be impacted by Macmillan Publishers’ planned embargo on e-book sales to libraries," ALA president Wanda Brown said in a statement. "It's clear that readers across the nation are concerned about a reduction in library access to e-books. Together we will continue to voice our opposition and seek a resolution that does not involve arbitrary restrictions on library purchases."