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Information on eBook publishers that won't sell or license to libraries

Library books on shelves       Why We Can't Get Your Favorite eBook or Audiobook for Download



What do these publishers have in common?


Macmillan Publishing

Authors: Dana Stabenow, Kristin Hannah, Carola Dunn, Joan Hess, Jane Green and many more


Penguin Group

Authors: Harlan Coben, Lauren Willig, Karen White, Lisa Gardner, Stewart O'Nan, Eric Carle, Jan Brett and many more


Simon & Schuster

Authors: Steve Berry, Vince Flynn, J.A. Jance, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Renee Russell, Sabrina Jeffries, Johanna Lindsey and many more


Brilliance Audio

Most of the bestseller audio


Hachette Book Group

Authors: David Baldacci, James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Anita Shreve, Karen Kingsbury and many more


They refuse to sell or license eBooks and Audiobooks to libraries.


Libraries can't buy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for e-content.

To provide digital rights management (the thing that keeps pirates from pirating the loaned file) we have to pay a third-party vendor.  We don't receive discounts.  Many times we aren't allowed to purchase new releases.  With paper books, we receive discounts, get new releases the day they come out, and in a pinch we can buy from any store or vendor with books.  Our purchasing power is diminishing quickly in the virtual world, meaning we either can't get titles for you at all, or we can't afford to buy all the titles we should have available.

Publishers tell us their concern is about pirating.

The vendor we pay for access creates digital rights management for our files to restrict pirating.  These rights are no less restrictive than the copies you buy personally.  There is no absolute way to prevent pirating on the Internet.   Libraries are not part of the problem, we're part of the solution.  Offer readers and listeners limited access to a file paid for by the library and the need for piracy is reduced.

Publishers have long recognized the benefit of having books in libraries.

Libraries are the gateway to new titles, authors and characters.  We promote their authors for free.  We buy their older stock as replacements.  We buy multiple copies of hardcover books.  Nothing about the format of the book changes what is mutually beneficial to publishers and libraries in our long relationship.

This impasse affects YOU - even if you don't ever download a single eBook or audiobook.

Taxpayers are affected by rising costs. It affects readers and listeners by severely limiting what we can offer. It affects our relationship with authors and their publishers. It affects our community when people can't afford to pay for access and they have no other means of getting it.


Power to the patron - contact them directly!


Register your opinion by calling or writing the publishers.  Whether you buy it personally or as a taxpayer, you're the customer.


Macmillan Publishing

75 Varick Street

New York, NY 10013

(212) 226-7521


Simon & Schuster

1230 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10020

(212) 698-7000


Hachette Book Group

466 Lexington Avenue #131

New York, NY 10017

(212) 364-1100


Penguin Group

375 Hudson Street

New York, NY 10014

(212) 366-2000


Brilliance Audio

1704 Eaton Drive

Grand Haven, MI 49417

(616) 846-5256