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We try to get as many new and popular titles as we can, however, we are unable to get as many as we would like. Some publishers have been making changes that make it very difficult, if not impossible, for libraries to build and expand their eBook collection.
Recently, Random House, publisher of Steig Larsson, Christopher Paolini, George R.R. Martin, and more increased the price of their eBooks for libraries by up to 300%.
HarperCollins, publisher of Janet Evanovich, Michael Crichton, Meg Cabot, Lemony Snicket, and more limits their eBook checkouts. Once HarperCollins's eBook has checked out 26 times, the library then has to purchase another copy.
Other publishers refuse to make any of their eBooks available to libraries, and others greatly limit their choices. These publisher include Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hatchette, and Macmillan. Some of their authors include Jodi Picoult, Brandon Mull, Neil Gaiman, James Patterson, Eric Carle, and more.
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Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to express my disappointment with your unwillingness to sell or license eBooks to public libraries. By refusing to work with public libraries, you are denying library users equal access to books. I do not believe a publishing company should restrict access to information through the public library based solely on a book's format.