Briefing paper from the Urban Libraries Council – Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books

On the third of May (2013) North American library advocacy group the Urban Libraries Council held a 30  minute ebooks issues briefing webinar.

The podcast of the webinar, the full Briefing Paper – Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books and the two page summary  Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books – Communities Need Access to E-Books are available from the e-books page on their website.

The ebooks briefing paper gives an overview of the current situation for ebooks in libraries and delivers 5 key messages:

  1. Equal access to materials – including e-books – is fundamental to public libraries’ mission and critical to ensuring that all citizens have access to the information they need
  2. Publishers’ policies are preventing the public from accessing e-books
  3. Borrowing e-books from libraries is increasingly popular
  4. Some book publishers are denying libraries access to e-books, while others significantly overprice titles
  5. Pilot programs are encouraging, but need to be more widely implemented