The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) has created an online petition on change.org for the right to e-read. The petition seeks to give users the right to e-read by legalizing the lending of e-books from by libraries.
Specifically, EBLIDA wants:
– To provide our library users with the latest e-books as we do printed books;
– To buy e-books at fair prices and on reasonable terms;
– All citizens – not just those who can afford it – to benefit from free access to e-books in libraries;
– Authors to receive fair remuneration for the lending of e-books to the public.
EBLIDA is calling for the EU Commission to introduce a European copyright framework that is fit for purpose and allows libraries to acquire and lend e-books with an adequate remuneration to authors and other rights holders. The petition can be signed here
Bloomberg USA report that Penguin has “offered to overhaul pricing models for digital books” in response to a European Union antitrust investigation.
Penguin won’t “restrict, limit or impede” e-book retailers’ discounts or their ability to “set, alter or reduce retail prices for e-books” for two years, according to details of the proposed changes as published in the EU’s Official Journal today
from: Penguin Offers Changes to Settle EU E-Books Antitrust Probe 19th April 2013
The European Union had issued a statement soliciting comments from interested parties on the commitments offered by Penguin, commitments which are
substantially the same as those proposed by Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Hachette, Holtzbrinck and made legally binding by the Commission in December 2012
from: Antitrust: Commission market tests commitments proposed by Penguin for the sale of e-books 19th April 2013