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:
- 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
- Publishers’ policies are preventing the public from accessing e-books
- Borrowing e-books from libraries is increasingly popular
- Some book publishers are denying libraries access to e-books, while others significantly overprice titles
- Pilot programs are encouraging, but need to be more widely implemented