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Macmillan lifts library embargo for new-release ebooks

In the US, Macmillan has abandoned its embargo on new-release ebooks in libraries, reports Publishers Weekly.

‘There are times in life when differences should be put aside,’ said Macmillan CEO John Sargent in a memo addressed to librarians, authors, illustrators and agents. ‘Effective on Friday (or whenever thereafter our wholesalers can effect the change), Macmillan will return to the library ebook pricing model that was in effect on 31 October 2019.’

Sargent added that the publisher will lower some ebook prices on a short-term basis to help expand libraries’ collections.

‘This is extraordinarily welcome news in an unprecedented time,’ said Alan Inouye, the American Library Association’s (ALA) senior director for public policy and government relations. ‘Equitable access to digital content is more important than ever as libraries continue to serve their communities amid rapidly changing circumstances. Macmillan’s return to its original lending terms signals a new starting point for all publishers to consider how they can work with libraries to ensure—and expand—access for all readers.’

From 1 November last year, Macmillan imposed an embargo that limits libraries to purchasing a maximum of one copy of a new-release title until eight weeks after the release date. In September last year the ALA launched its #eBooksForAll campaign, condemning Macmillan’s embargo.


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