Changes coming for Macmillan eBooks on Nov. 1

In July, Macmillan announced it was changing the library's ability to buy eBooks. Because of efforts by ALA  and OverDrive (including this petition and social media campaign), the Naperville Public Library had hoped Macmillan would not implement the change. However, Macmillan is moving forward with their initial decision. 

Effective Nov. 1st, any library system will be allowed to buy only one copy of an eBook for the first two months of the eBook’s release. The Macmillan embargo will prevent the library from purchasing additional eBook copies (necessary to meet demand and fill holds) for two months after the release date.  For now, the policy only impacts eBooks and not eAudiobooks.

The Naperville Public Library has not changed its buying policy for eBooks. Users may wish to place holds on print copies of Macmillan's titles because of their embargo on digital copies, even though Naperville Public Library remains committed to providing access to materials in the format they desire.

We will keep you informed if the situation changes or if other publishers follow Macmillan's example. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 12:15pm
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