Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library

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Control the Books! (Not really: Information wants to be free.)

September 17, 2019 by Posted in: Uncategorized

Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers will allow libraries to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release.  This means WVREADS would only be able to get one copy for over 34,000 active users (that is for 66 library systems across the state of WV).

Usually the debate about eBooks vs. paper revolves around tactile sensations and the way books smell. But people don’t always realize how much eBooks can help the visually impaired, physically disabled, and those with learning disabilities.

“One of the great things about eBooks is that they can become large-print books with only a few clicks, and most eBook readers offer fonts and line spacing that make reading easier for people who have dyslexia or other visual challenges. Because portable devices are light and easy to hold, eBooks are easier to use for some people who have physical disabilities.” ~ American Library Association

The Parkersburg and Wood County Library would encourage you to consider signing this petition to tell Macmillan CEO John Sargent that eBooks are for everyone. #eBooksforAll

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