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Today: Macmillan Readies for Library Ebook Lending Market

ALA President Maureen Sullivan
ALA President Maureen Sullivan

Today, on the eve of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Macmillan Publishers announced that it will enter the library e-book lending market (with a pilot program) by March 2013. Read the Macmillan press release for more details.

In response to the announcement, ALA President Maureen Sullivan immediately released the following statement:

“I am so pleased Macmillan Publishers is beginning to sell e-books to America’s libraries so that we may connect their authors and our readers in the digital age. This is a welcome acknowledgment of our advocacy and the importance of the library market. We have always known that library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books, with the library serving as a critical de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors and publishers.

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On the Front Lines of Digital Inclusion

Today, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force (which is led by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy), released “Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy,” (pdf) a comprehensive report that provides a broad overview of digital literacy in the context of school, public, and academic libraries. The…

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Librarians to Talk E-book Models that Work at ALA Midwinter Meeting

Libraries are taking on the e-book challenge by creating their own solutions to get e-books into the hands of library readers. Join members of the ALA Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting on January 26, 2013, as they examine current e-book lending systems and offer perspectives on…

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Book Industry Panel to Discuss E-book Lending Practices at ALA Midwinter Meeting

Over the past year, the American Library Association (ALA) has taken significant steps to address the e-book library lending issue affecting libraries, including the development of an e-book business models report and the implementation of an aggressive publicity campaign, among other tactics. On Saturday, January 26, 2013, library leaders will…

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