EBLIDA released The right to e-read – an e-book policy for libraries in Europe in June 2013. This policy highlights uncertainties inherent in e-book supply for libraries, particularly:
- The lack of the exhaustion of distribution rights after first sale for digital content
- The ability of terms and conditions to limit the use of and access to digital content, and the ability of rights-holders to refuse to supply their content to classes of consumers
- The end result of publishers determining the collection building function of libraries, rather than libraries themselves, due to the application of these terms and conditions
The policy ends with a call for action:
Therefore EBLIDA hereby calls on the EU Commission for a clear copyright framework that allows libraries to acquire and lend e-books with an adequate remuneration to authors and other rights holders. Just as with printed books, an updated copyright framework should allow libraries to continue to provide their services for the benefit of all European citizens
Today’s twitter search on #ebooks and #libraries brings us the following:
Dimensions in business models for public library e-lending which summarizes in tabular form the the variety of issues and options that libraries and library policy makers need to take into account when negotiating for ebooks and/or developing policies.
You can read a summary of the themes of this supplement in Jazzy Wright’s District Dispatch blog post How libraries are evolving in the new digital realm.
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
Launched in May 2012, EBLIDA’s E-books in libraries campaign is aimed at drawing “the attention of politicians and citizens of the European Union both to the risks and threats at stake for libraries and their patrons (therefore also to the citizens) with the current situation in the volatile market of e-books in which libraries have very few rights.”
The current campaign is designed in 3 steps:
- Until October 2012 – Establish task force, publish Position Paper in every European language, follow up with the European Union Commission on the survey on European Libraries and e-books, begin meetings with the Federation of European Publishers
- October 2012 to May 2013 – Follow up on meetings with Federation of European Publishers, meet with Members of the European Parliament, organise meetings in specific regional areas with local and national representatives
- May 2013 – First set of achievements, next propositions
E-publishing and the challenges for libraries – European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations. Prepared by Harald von Hielmcrone, Rosa Maiello, Toby Bainton and Vincent Bonnet in April 2012, reviewed by Vincent Bonnet, Klaus‐Peter Böttger and Gerald Leitner in July 2012.
Brief paper discussing the challenges that e-publishing presents to libraries in acquisitions and collection development, and the legal basis in which libraries acquire and use materials.
EBLIDA Key Principles on the acquisition of and access to E-books by libraries.
6 principles about ebooks in libraries, covering acquisition, access, long term preservation, availability of metadata, pricing and privacy.
Created by EBLIDA’s Expert Group in Information Law in October 2012, and approved from EBLIDA EC and Taskforce in November 2012.
European libraries and the challenges of e-publishing, from the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations.
Policy from EBLIDA advocating a memorandum of understanding with European publishers about fair licensing models, and and update to the copyright regime regarding ebooks and elending to allow libraries to continue to deliver services.