Sadly, unlike a regular person, a library cannot pay Amazon or Barnes & Noble for an eBook and then lend it out to people.We can buy a printed book from these companies, place it on the shelf, and lend it out--but digital content is being treated differently by the publishers and the companies who manage digital content licensing.
We very much want to offer these eBooks to patrons; however, the publishers' policies are preventing us from doing so. The Porter County Public Library System supports a change to these restrictive policies.
The following publishers (including their imprints) are currently not licensing their ebooks to libraries. You can write to or call each publisher to register your opinion. For your convenience, the addresses are provided below.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to express my disappointment with your unwillingness to sell or license eBooks to public libraries. By refusing to work with public libraries, you are denying library users equal access to books. I do not believe a publishing company should restrict access to information through the public library based solely on a book’s format.