Why Can't I Find eBooks I want? Pt. 2
March 12, 2012
After posting my last blog on this topic, I realized there are other important aspects that affect the availability of eBooks. One important factor is that authors often switch publishers. This means that I can buy Smokin’ Seventeen and Explosive Eighteen of the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich but, unfortunately, her earlier titles are unavailable. Why? It's because the last two books were published by Random House, but all the preceding books were published by St. Martin’s Press, which is an imprint of Macmillan.
Another problem we’re running into is that many authors’ earlier titles may not yet be in electronic format, or there may be a strange pattern to the availability. For some series, I can buy books 1, 2, and 3 then 6, 7, and 8, but the publisher has not reformatted books 4 and 5 into electronic form. It drives me crazy, as I am sure it does to you!
And just to give you fair warning, we may not have as many copies of a title from Random House in the future because the per-item-cost has risen so significantly. One title jumped from $23 to $105!
Many of you asked for contact information so that you could reach out to the publishers who are refusing to sell or license eBooks to libraries. I’ve included this information below. You can write, call, or email the publishers to let them know what you think!
Information & Reader Services Manager
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Hachette Book Group
466 Lexington Avenue #131
New York, NY 10017
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
HarperCollins Publishers (Only allows 26 checkouts per copy)
10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022