Why Can’t I Find the eBook I Want?
February 13, 2012
After looking through the many eBook titles available for download from the library, you might be asking yourself, "Why can’t I find the eBook that I want?" You know it’s a popular author, you know it’s a popular title, but the library just does not have it!
One of the main reasons may be that the publisher simply does not allow public libraries to buy their eBooks. Four of the "Big Six" publishers (Simon & Schuster, McMillan, Hachette, and now Penguin) do not allow purchasing of their eBook titles. MCPL is boycotting HarperCollins because they only allow their copies to check out 26 times before forcing the library to purchase a new license. Not being able to get the big publishers also means that any imprint that they use to publish their books is also unavailable for purchase.
The only remaining "Big Six" publisher that allows libraries to purchase their eBook titles is Random House. However, they are charging a higher price in an attempt to recoup their losses, which means more cost for the library.
Believe me, I know that it’s frustrating, but hopefully in the future, the publishers will see that it is profitable to allow libraries to purchase their title in the eBook format and the bans will be lifted.
Information & Reader Services Manager