Authors for Library e-books

The ALA has launched Authors for Library Ebooks, a new campaign that asks authors to stand with libraries in their push for equitable access to ebooks.

The campaign argues that libraries support authors in a number of ways:

  • Exposure. Libraries help authors get noticed through author events, book clubs, readers advisory and features on library websites
  • Sales. Research shows that library loans encourage people to buy books. Many libraries now even provide an option for people to click and “buy-it-now” from their websites
  • Respect. Libraries honor authors’ work by protecting copyright and paying for the content they lend
  • Love of reading. Libraries help grow readers – and writers

and encourages authors to sign up to a statement of shared values, to talk to their publishers, and to discuss the issue through their own public communication channels. High-profile authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin, Jodi Picoult and Cory Doctorow are already on board.

With thanks to ALA’s District Dispatch.

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Thought leaders in Latvia: libraries and e-books

The National Library of Latvia, with support from EIFL-IP, initiated a proactive project to develop best practice for Latvian e-books in public libraries. The project’s objectives were to:

  • raise awareness of the legal aspects of e-lending in libraries amongst all stakeholders
  • develop best practice principles for e-book acquisition and lending in libraries
  • draft proposals for legislative change to enable e-lending in the public interest in Latvia

The project resulted in well-publicised advocacy campaigns aimed at key stakeholders and the general public, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding on e-lending principles that was endorsed by the Latvian Ministry of Culture, although has not yet been endorsed by publishers.

A pilot project to test the e-lending principles of the MOU will occur with one publisher in the future.