eBooks and eReaders are exciting technologies that enable you to get your hands on that new bestseller at the speed of light. You can enlarge the typeface, bookmark your favorite parts, take notes, and also store or access from the cloud thousands of other titles with just one small, portable device. That’s great!! And now you’ve found out that your public library has free e-books! Life doesn’t get any better, does it?
Well, unfortunately, there’s going to be a little rain on this parade. You see, of the Big Six publishers, only Random House is currently allowing unrestricted sales of their e-titles to public libraries. And they just raised their prices significantly. Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan will not sell to public libraries at all. Penguin recently ceased sales to libraries (and is even considering cutting off access to titles already purchased), and Harper Collins sells their titles with a 26-use licensing restriction.