“Why So Few eBooks?”

Ever wonder why there are so few titles available as eBooks in our catalog? The answer is simple, but the solution is not. Many publishers (Macmillan Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, Brilliance Audio, and Hachette Book Group) will not sell or license eBooks to libraries.

Your library can purchase a title from one of the above publishers in various formats – large or regular print, hard copy or paperback or even on a CD. However, the publishers will not sell the eBook to the library. The publishers are treating eBooks differently due to something call digital rights management (DRM) or digital rights content.

I know I keep linking to the Southern Adirondack Library System for this stuff. They’re my local library system, but they’re also the only organization I’ve seen that offers the librarian perspective on these eBooks lending problems.