Why aren’t there more eBooks?

May 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Research, Services

Many Publishers Will Not Sell Or License E-Books To Libraries

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new Please sign the petition to keep eBooks in libraries.

Sadly, unlike a regular person, a library cannot pay Amazon or Barnes & Noble for an eBook and then lend it out to people.  We can buy a printed book from these companies, place it on the shelf, and lend it out–but digital content is being treated differently by the publishers and the companies who manage digital content licensing.  We very much want to offer these eBooks to patrons; however, the publishers’ policies are preventing us from doing so.Think that’s wrong? So do we – Boyd County Public Library is committed to advocating for a change to these restrictive policies and we need your help to do that.

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Just a few of the titles not available as library eBooks due to publisher restrictions:

Simon Schuster Book Cover Penguin Book Cover Stephen King Book Jacket


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Jamie has been working in libraries since her high school days. She holds a double BA, MA and an MLIS. She loves her baby boy, couponing and answering Reference inquires!


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