May 20, 2022

ALA and PLA Release Customizable Template For State, Local Library Action Opposing Macmillan eBook Embargo

From ALA:

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and its public library division, the Public Library Association (PLA), added a new tool to resources available for state library chapters and local library boards to speak out against new planned restrictions for library eBook lending. The new customizable template addresses a new licensing model by Macmillan Publishing that would allow a library to purchase only one copy of a new title in eBook format upon release. After this time, Macmillan will impose an eight-week embargo on a library’s ability to purchase additional copies to lend.

“As ALA President Wanda Brown said in July, this is unacceptable, and Macmillan needs to hear from more of us that this embargo hurts readers, libraries and authors,” said Alan Inouye, ALA senior director of public policy and government relations. “The time to speak is now—before the embargo is scheduled to go into effect on November 1.


We strongly encourage you to share your resolution and statements by email so that we are able to track our national impact.

Direct to Complete Announcement

Direct to Customizable Template (.Doc)

See Also: Direct to infoDOCKET Coverage of Macmillan eBook Embargo Story
Includes links to local media coverage, primary docs, etc. 

See Also: Issues and Advocacy: eBooks (via ALA)

See Also: Issues and Advocacy: Ebook Lending & Pricing (via PLA)

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