Petition for The Right to E-read

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

Penguin Offers Changes to Settle EU E-Books Antitrust Probe – report from Bloomberg

 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