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.