One of Europe’s library associations is just as upset about library access to ebooks as its American counterpart and has launched multinational campaign to try for change.
The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) launched its Right to E-Read campaign today, a multi-country effort to bring awareness to readers as to what their options are in terms of reading digitally through libraries and to also let them know the issues libraries have in obtaining ebooks.
The American Library Association, which in a recent report on the state of libraries in America, praised progress libraries and publishers have made in trading ebooks over the past year but lamenting progress yet to be made.
A selection of nine Xist Publishing eBooks have been packaged into postcard-sized Summer Reading certificates to allow libraries to give kids eBooks as prizes in summer reading programs. The certificates are currently available for purchase from http://xistpublishing.com/cslp
Amid these issues that are of concern to libraries, one stands out and ties them all together: Cost. Ebooks, unlike print books, can’t be resold by libraries and, in some cases, are more expensive for libraries to purchase than the general public. A good example of how this can put financial strain on a library is the Cuyahoga County Library System’s acquisition of some 300 ebook copies of Fifty Shades of Grey for nearly $24,000 last year. It’s exemplary of an issue libraries across the country are facing.