Kansas State Library’s Facebook campaign targets top publishers’ e-book policies
From the Wichita Eagle
The Kansas State Library has launched a social-media campaign against what it says are unfair practices to keep bestselling electronic books out of the hands of libraries and their patrons.
Library officials have started a page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/thebig6ebooks, “bringing attention to the titles publishers are refusing to sell (as) e-books to libraries, price gouging or limiting checkouts per copy purchased.”
The site names six large publishing firms, Hachette, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster; and Random House and Penguin Group, which recently announced that they are merging their operations. The companies publish most of the popular bestsellers in the country, the librarians said. Read more here.