Libraries work on strategy to combat e-book embargo

By: Maggie Wedlake


As of November first all e-books loaned from Macmillan publishers will be harder for libraries to obtain for members

The MacMillian publishing company has put an embargo on all e-books that will allow libraries to purchase only one copy of each new book for a discounted price. 

Libraries will then have to wait 8 weeks before purchasing more copies of the e-book at full price. 

Libraries say that this embargo is limiting access for card holders because of the fact that queues and waiting list times will go up. 

Library Adult Services Manager Bill Carroll says this is an issue people need to pay attention to. “People should have their voices heard and let publishers know this is not acceptable we want libraries to be able to provide information to the members of their community… this will severely limit our ability to provide that content to our readers.”

As of right now Carnegie stout purchases another copy of a book as soon as there are ten people on a wait list. 

They will no longer be able to do this with the embargo. 

At time they are hoping to raise awareness with their members but don’t have a set plan in place for how to combat the embargo. 

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Maggie is a junior at Loras College and is from Mokena, Illinois. She is an anchor, producer, and reporter for LCTV News majoring in media studies with a minor in Public Relations and Politics.

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