Knowledge Rights 21 Announces Launch of an “eBook Pledge” For Publishers, Libraries, and Authors
From a KR21 Post:
Today we launch an eBook pledge calling on publishers to sign up and adopt a set of principles laid out therein, while of course continuing to support more user-friendly models, including open eBooks. We also call on libraries and consortia to adopt the eBook pledge principles when negotiating with publishers. By making these principles part of the agreements they sign, including the rights to acquire titles, engage in collection development, preserve collections, and lend to the public and other libraries, libraries can continue to be beacons for the dissemination of knowledge in the 21st Century.
The pledge has been prepared in the context of the Knowledge Rights 21 Programme with the engagement of the Authors Alliance and Library Futures. We are organisations that work to promote constructive relationships and the upholding of mutual interests between libraries and publishers in the eBook space, as well as to uphold the interest authors have in reaching new readers.
Publishers: We ask that you sign up to the pledge.
Libraries and Consortia: We ask that you adopt these principles in your negotiations with publishers.
Authors: We ask that you adopt these principles in your negotiations and discussions with publishers.
Direct to eBook Pledge Website
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.