The Macmillan E-Book Embargo Won’t Be Cancelled; the ALA Continues the Fight

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Macmillan Ebook Embargo Update

The Macmillan e-book embargo starts November 1.  If you haven’t heard of it, the embargo means that Macmillan will allow libraries to buy only one copy of an e-book for the first eight weeks after publication.  This copy will be a perpetual access copy (meaning libraries can keep it in their collections indefinitely) and will cost $30. After eight weeks, libraries will have the ability to purchase metered copies, which means they can keep the license for two years or 52 lends, whichever comes first.  The cost for a metered copy will be $60.  The purpose of the embargo is to create long wait times for e-books so frustrated library patrons will be forced to buy the book if they want to read it.

This new policy is greatly concerning to libraries since wait lists for e-books are often already months long, even with their ability to buy multiple copies. …

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