A new and a major development and the progression in the library ebook market are represented in this week’s news from Penguin Random House (PRH).
For academic libraries, the terms are unchanged. All library access to ebooks will remain concurrent with the general market release as no embargos will be imposed. Now even babies and toddlers can access free ebooks for babies online.
PRH’s change is neutral or even a bit positive for US libraries, although the impact on any specific library will depend on its circumstances, unlike the terrible shift in lending policy announced in July by Tor and Macmillan Publishers.
In which each copy can be loaned indefinitely to a time-limited model, PRH has shifted from a perpetual licensing model. Licenses for any PRH books titles that public, school and special libraries acquire will expire after two years starting in October.
So that the maximum price for an adult-oriented title will be lowered to $55 from $65, PRH is reducing its fees for the US market. $45 and $35 respectively is how the titles for youth and children will be costing.
Especially those on the backlist, this reduction will enable more libraries to lend PRH titles generally. Libraries do not need to keep multiple copies more than two years, allowing for additional cost savings for many popular titles.
The two-year term serves as an automatic way to weed copies of ebooks which are no longer required for some titles.
For periods longer than two years will be affected as libraries that wish to retain the tiles either indefinitely. They must be renewing the licenses for titles every two years under the new model.
For which preservation is central to their mission, this will be a particular problem for those relatively few school, public, and special libraries.
PRH has renewed its commitment to libraries is one important conclusion from this change. By evaluating the market, the company has been talking to librarians.
PRH plans to remain fully engaged with the library market in a respectful and productive way which is something that the American Library Association urges library advocates to emphasize in communications to other publishers in changing its business model.
Among all the Big Five Publishers (PRH, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Hachette Book Group) the pricing for library ebooks remains same.
Either the consumer ebook or the print book, libraries continue to be charged a multiple of price.
What next steps are there in ALA? The effect of library ebook lending on the publishing ecosystem at the heart of the conflict.
Little solid cause-and-effect evidence exists as multiple hypotheses have been proposed. For the Panorama Project, this is where ALA is a member.
Leading to objective conclusions about how libraries contribute to the ecosystem its focus is to collect data and analyze the evidence.
Former ALA President Sari Feldman, ALA Treasurer Susan Hildreth, and APA Public Policy Director Alan S.
Inouye, along with representatives from other sectors of the publishing ecosystem are all the representatives on the panorama Project’s Advisory Council.
With the leadership from Feldman in her role as senior policy fellow, is developing and implementing a strategy from ramping up its advocacy on ebooks and other digital content, as additionally the ALA Washington Office.
The Scoop and ALA’s social media channels to learn about ways that you can get involved you need to stay tuned to American Libraries.
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