January 28, 2022

From ALA: Colorado Library Signs Agreement With Independent Publishers

From the EQUACC Blog (ALA’s Presidential Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content)

Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the Douglas County Libraries (DCL) announce the May 18, 2011 signing of their historic agreement.

Key features of that agreement include:

  • CIPA agrees to facilitate the sale (not the rental) of ebooks to the library for checkout through the library. That is, the library owns and manages the files on its own servers.
  • DCL agrees to buy one copy for each simultaneous use of a title.
  • CIPA will encourage  its members sell books to the library at the lowest retail rate.
  • DCL agrees to catalog and attach Digital Rights Management to each uploaded title.
  • CIPA will offer their finest selections – including their Evvy Award winners – for this agreement.
  • DCL agrees not to resell or transfer the files purchased under this agreement.
  • CIPA members agree to sell their books to library patrons at the same price as paid by the library.
  • DCL agrees to offer a link to the purchase of CIPA member titles through the catalog.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.