I have commented about this before, & it seems that things are not any better. Many of the newest titles are not being made available to Overdrive for sale to libraries by the Agency 5. Seems that those price fixing publishers are insistent about ramming their higher prices down our throats, and are now cutting off libraries from the latest ebook offerings. Interestingly, most of these are still being made available in audiobook format. I have spoken with librarians at three different libraries, and they prefer the ebook format, as it is returnable, & therefore circulates more often. But they can't purchase what's not offered, & the publishers are just not making the ebooks available. My conspiracy theory is that the publishers are aware that the ebook format is now widely available, on a multiplicity of readers, and there are users sticking to their pledge not to succumb to the price fixing by the publishers. So they are now cutting off the libraries as a source of books. Wonder if this can be used against them in any way?
Has any anti trust investigation been commenced yet?
I believe only two of the agency 5 don't provide books to Overdrive, the other 3 are. Doug posted this information a while back, which ones haven't entered into any agreement with Overdrive. I won't hazard a guess here as to which ones since I don't want to give out erroneous information.
I don't believe that not providing the books to Overdrive, who in turn, provides them to participating libraries violates any laws, they are under no obligation to sell their books to the libraries (or anyone else) if they don't want.
Some AG's are looking into the Agency Model and only time will tell if it comes to anything.
I haven't checked in a few weeks, but the last time I looked, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster were not available for library checkout from OverDrive. Macmillan titles aren't available through OverDrive at all; Simon & Schuster titles are available for sales through e-book stores like Books-a-Million, but not for library checkout.
This is one reason that I NEVER buy an e-book published by the Agency 5. There are so many other wonderful writers/books out there, that I don't even miss their books.
I'm an avid Stephen King collector and literally have every book he has published. I have a double-wide bookcase just dedictated to his first editions and limited editions and proofs of his books.
One of the things that I have always admired about King is his love of and dedictation to libraries. He holds fundraisers for his favorite libraries. He donates signed books to them so they can auction them and make some money. He holds readings and signings at libraries. I've got a copy of his "READ" poster featuring him extolling the virtues of libraries.
So it royally (pun - get it? He's the King!) ticks me off that his publisher pulls this kind of crap with libraries. I know King's not making the decision...but he IS making the decision of who publishes his books. I wish he'd hop ship to an ethical publisher. Until then, I'll only buy his books used.
When I was younger, much younger , I was so poor, that I very rarely had the spare money to buy books. We're talking about someone who got a pen for Christmas one year from my parents when I was still in school. Luckily, I lived only a few blocks from the local library and between that and the school library, I had lots of reading material available to me. I fell in love with Stephen King at that local Library when Carrie was published, and now OWN an extensive Stephen King library of my own. I'm sure I've read thousands of books since then and many have been purchased and many have been borrowed.
This love for books and reading was fostered and encouraged by the access to FREE books when I was younger. I LOVED the fact that I could wander into the library on any given day and discover a new world, a new friend. That love for books and the worlds within continue to this day BECAUSE of those two libraries.
I now have about 450 ebooks on my Nook, and over 150 of them are NOT Free ebooks. I have read about 100 of the ebooks on my Nook and continue to borrow about one per week. My Nook goes with me EVERYWHERE. Now, believe it or not, I still manage to get a LOT of things done, including gardening, playing with my grandchildren and working. I sneak a page or two in whenever I'm not busy doing anything else, and my Nook keeps me company in the evenings while hubby is watching football, baseball, whatever that I don't even mind any more as I now have an excuse to cuddle up with my Nook and lose myself for an hour or two.
It's difficult for me to understand that anyone who is in the business of books does not understand that people who do not read will never be a potential customer. WHere exactly do these publishers think that their future customers will come from if not students who can not afford to buy books NOW, but do have access to libraries where they can discover for themselves their love for reading? How do AUTHORS not understand this either?
How to people who are in the business of books not understand that without libraries, there will be no new consumers in the future? Seems pretty short sighted to me.