Posted by: bluesyemre | July 28, 2019

#eContentForLibraries Wondering why you can’t borrow more #eAudiobooks & #eBooks from your public library? So are we #CanadianUrbanLibrariesCouncil (#CULC)


Wondering why you can’t borrow more eAudiobooks & eBooks from your public library? So are we. And we need your help to fix it. Help us demand great #eContentForLibraries from big publishers.

The issue with eAudiobook access

Demand for eAudiobooks is skyrocketing, but major multinational publishers aren’t making a number of best-selling titles available to Canadian public libraries – including some prominent Canadian and Indigenous works.

We want to share as many stories and ideas as possible in the formats you want. But in order for this to happen, the multinational publishers need to work directly with our libraries to make all titles available.

Libraries can’t afford to keep paying these prices

Another issue libraries face is excessively high prices and restrictive purchasing models for eAudiobooks and eBooks. Libraries lend digital copies just like physical books — on a one-to-one basis. But the prices we pay for digital copies are exponentially higher.

Everyone will benefit from stronger #eContentForLibraries

Libraries are crucial to creating a vibrant publishing industry in Canada. We’re constantly introducing Canadians to new titles and authors, directly influencing potential customers and fuelling sales outside the library.

Just as importantly, our libraries have significant purchasing power — but that only matters if we can buy the content our users want.

How can you help?

We want to work together with the major international publishers to establish stronger #eContentForLibraries and fair pricing models that benefit everyone.

We need your help to get heard. If you want more digital content in your public libraries, share this page and use#eContentForLibraries to spread the word – OR voice your concerns directly to the publishers who have the power to fix things.

Tell them how you feel.

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