eBooks Letter Campaign
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Is your favorite author here? Send them this letter c/o their publisher.
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
175 Fifth Street
New York, NY 10010
New York, NY 10019
... Ms./Mr. (insert author’s name);
As an avid reader I am concerned with your publisher’s policy regarding the sale of eBooks and/or eAudiobooks to public libraries. Over the last two years, the demand for eBooks has grown by leaps and bounds, and many library patrons are moving to eReaders as their choice for content delivery. Access to eBooks through libraries should be viewed by authors and publishers as desirable — it means more readers will find your titles and have the opportunity to discover new authors.
I understand that publishers are nervous about their property and intellectual rights — and authors are, too. There is already a secure DRM (Digital Rights Management) solution in use by all providers of e-content to libraries. What is hard for me to understand is why your publisher finds making your works available to libraries at a reasonable price to be an unacceptable business model. Particularly since recent studies confirm what libraries have known all along, that people who borrow library books also buy them – in every format.
I would ask you, as a prominent author, to bring pressure to bear on your publisher to open their e-content to public libraries for a fair price. Libraries have a long tradition in this country of significant contributions to our national love of reading and books (in any format). I hope that the authors, like yourself, that I have enjoyed over the years will speak out in favor of making all published works available for purchase by libraries at reasonable cost.
Thank you for your consideration of this issue.