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Where are the New Titles?

Why We Can’t Get Your Favorite eBook or Audiobook for Download

What do these publishers have in common?

Macmillan Publishing
Authors: Dana Stabenow, Kristin Hannah, Carola Dunn, Joan Hess, Jane Green and many more

Penguin Group
Authors: Harlan Coben, Lauren Willig, Karen White, Lisa Gardner, Stewart O’Nan, Eric Carle, Jan Brett and many more

Simon & Schuster
Authors: Steve Berry, Vince Flynn, J.A. Jance, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Renee Russell, Sabrina Jeffries, Johanna Lindsey and many more

Brilliance Audio
Most of the bestseller audio

Hachette Book Group
Authors: David Baldacci, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Anita Shreve, Karen Kingsbury and many more

They refuse to sell or license eBooks and Audiobooks to libraries.


Libraries can’t buy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for e-content.

To provide digital rights management (the thing that keeps pirates from pirating the loaned file) we have to pay a third-party vendor. We don’t receive discounts. Many times we aren’t allowed to purchase new releases. With paper books, we receive discounts, get new releases the day they come out, and in a pinch we can buy from any store or vendor with books. Our purchasing power is diminishing quickly in the virtual world, meaning we either can’t get titles for you at all, or we can’t afford to buy all the titles we should have available.

Publishers tell us their concern is about pirating.

The vendor we pay for access creates digital rights management for our files to restrict pirating. These rights are no less restrictive than the copies you buy personally. There is no absolute way to prevent pirating on the Internet. Libraries are not part of the problem, we’re part of the solution. Offer readers and listeners limited access to a file paid for by the library and the need for piracy is reduced.

Publishers have long recognized the benefit of having books in libraries.

Libraries are the gateway to new titles, authors and characters. We promote their authors for free. We buy their older stock as replacements. We buy multiple copies of hardcover books. Nothing about the format of the book changes what is mutually beneficial to publishers and libraries in our long relationship.

This impasse affects YOU – even if you don’t ever download a single eBook or audiobook.

Taxpayers are affected by rising costs. It affects readers and listeners by severely limiting what we can offer. It affects our relationship with authors and their publishers. It affects our community when people can’t afford to pay for access and they have no other means of getting it.

Power to the patron – contact them directly!

Register your opinion by calling or writing the publishers. Whether you buy it personally or as a taxpayer, you’re the customer.

Macmillan Publishing
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7521

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000


Hachette Book Group
466 Lexington Avenue #131
New York, NY 10017
(212) 364-1100

Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000

Brilliance Audio
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256

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