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FAIR E-BOOK PRICES

FOR LIBRARIES ARE LONG OVERDUE

As demand grows, libraries are responding by offering more ebooks. This is what libraries have always done and will always do – ensure access to information for all. But we face challenges.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In some cases libraries pay 3–5 times more for ebooks than consumers.

  • Penguin Random House is leading the way to a more flexible pricing model for library ebooks. We hope other multinational publishers will also make progress on pricing issues.

  • Public libraries are key players in the publishing industry, both as major purchasers of books and ebooks and promoters of reading and literacy.

  • In February 2016, we wrote to all multinational publishers to advocate for a reasonable pricing model

THE PRICE GAP

  • Career of Evil / Robert Galbraith

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $16.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $117.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • The Crossing / Michael Connelly

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $14.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $117.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • The Guilty / David Baldacci

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $14.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $117.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • The Food Lab / J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $54.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $139.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • Cross Justice / James Patterson

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $14.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $121.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • The Witches/ Stacy Schiff

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $15.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $133.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • Dealing With China / Henry M. Paulson

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $16.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $133.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • Furiously Happy / Jenny Lawson

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $13.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $60.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • The Nature of the best / Louise Penny

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $15.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $60.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • Timeless Beauty / Christie Brinkley

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $15.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $125.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • Winter / Marissa Meyer

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $11.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $60.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • Home / Ellen Degeneres

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $16.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $146.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

  • The Day the Crayons Came Home / Drew Daywalt

    WHAT YOU PAY

    $11.99

    WHAT LIBRARIES PAY

    $65.00

    Image source: BNC Biblioshare

HOW IMPORTANT IS FAIR EBOOK PRICING TO CANADIAN PUBLIC LIBRARIES?

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ENSURING A VIBRANT BOOK INDUSTRY

Public libraries recognize publishing in Canada and around the world is undergoing great change, and that the publishing industry plays an important role in the development and expression of the Canadian identity and literary culture.

But libraries also play an integral role in a vibrant book industry. Libraries are places of discovery, places that introduce people to new authors, genres and topics. Libraries have significant purchasing power as buyers of books and ebooks. Imposing unreasonably high prices – and creating a barrier between people and the books they love – is not the answer.

These are profound issues, not just for libraries but for authors and even publishers who want to connect with new readers. Canadian public libraries are committed to raising awareness of this issue and finding a solution.

Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing

We are a coalition of public libraries working to raise awareness of ebook pricing issues, with the goal of ensuring broad access to ebooks for Canadian readers.