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ALA defines new ebook goals

Nearly 700 librarians, publishers and media representatives participated in the American Library Association’s first Virtual Town Hall on Ebooks last week. As part of the virtual town hall, several key ALA leaders discussed efforts made to advocate for library interests

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ALA welcomes Macmillan expansion of library ebook lending

This month Macmillan will offer its entire ebook backlist to libraries, as reported in Publishers Weekly. Macmillan first entered the library ebook market in January 2013 by offering a pilot of its mystery titles under the Minotaur imprint, then expanded

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Wind at our backs

In late September, leaders from the American Library Association met (for the eighth time) with publishers and related organizations to discuss ebook library lending issues. ALA delegation members—which included ALA President Barbara Stripling and Immediate Past President Maureen Sullivan and

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TODAY: Simon & Schuster Launches Ebook Pilot Program

Today, Simon & Schuster announced (pdf) the launch of a one-year ebook pilot program with three New York library systems. In response to the news, American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement: “We are pleased Simon &

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ALA President Protests Library Ebook Sales Practices in Open Letter to Publishers

American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan released an open letter today denouncing the refusal by several large trade publishers to sell ebooks to provide access to their ebooks in U.S. libraries. Read the letter in its entirety below: It’s

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