Librarians Protest Self-Terminating eBooks

May 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Publishing company HarperCollins, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., has just made a policy change that has many librarians up in arms. The eBook publisher has moved to place a 26 check-out restriction before forcing libraries to repurchase an eBook. Andy Woodworth, a New Jersey librarian who was interviewed by eSchool News, has set up a petition against HarperCollins’ new policy. His petition Tell HarperCollins: Limited Checkouts on eBooks is Wrong for Libraries is picking up steam with 68,300 signatures (at time of posting). During his interview, Woodworth told eSchool News

“I believe limited eBook checkouts hurt the overall market by placing limitations on libraries and readership, as well as interfere with the cultural preservation mission of libraries,” Woodworth said. 

In a March 1, 2011 open letter to librarians, HarperCollins stated it was dedicated to continue working with them and to providing libraries eBooks. For what it’s worth, they issued the following statement: 

We invite libraries and library distributors to partner with us as we move forward with these new policies. We look forward to ongoing discussions about changes in this space and will continue to look to collaborate on mutually beneficial opportunities.

What do you think about HarperCollins’ new eBook policy for libraries?

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