Urban Libraries Council’s e-Books Briefing Paper

Following up on their webinar of May 2013, the Urban Libraries Council, in collaboration with communications firm The Hatcher Group, has released their briefing paper Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books, as well as a two-page summary document.

The papers are aimed squarely at policy makers, and “can be used as resources to educate local, national and civic leaders in your community”. The key messages in the paper are:

  • Equal access to materials
  • Publishers’ policies are preventing the public from accessing e-books
  • Borrowing e-books from libraries is increasingly popular
  • Some book publishers are denying libraries access to e-books, while others significantly overprice titles
  • Pilot programs are encouraging, but need to be more widely implemented

The webinar podcast, briefing paper and summary paper are available together from the ULC’s website

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Briefing paper from the Urban Libraries Council – Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books

On the third of May (2013) North American library advocacy group the Urban Libraries Council held a 30  minute ebooks issues briefing webinar.

The podcast of the webinar, the full Briefing Paper – Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books and the two page summary  Libraries, Publishers and Public Access to E-Books – Communities Need Access to E-Books are available from the e-books page on their website.

The ebooks briefing paper gives an overview of the current situation for ebooks in libraries and delivers 5 key messages:

  1. Equal access to materials – including e-books – is fundamental to public libraries’ mission and critical to ensuring that all citizens have access to the information they need
  2. Publishers’ policies are preventing the public from accessing e-books
  3. Borrowing e-books from libraries is increasingly popular
  4. Some book publishers are denying libraries access to e-books, while others significantly overprice titles
  5. Pilot programs are encouraging, but need to be more widely implemented