Target: Barbara Stripling, President of the American Library Association
Goal: Applaud Authors for Library Ebooks campaign for advocating availability of e-books to public libraries
Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin and Jodi Picoult are the three best-selling authors that have lent their voices to Authors for Library Ebooks, a campaign that aims to garner public support for equitable access of e-books in public libraries throughout the country. While the availability of digital forms of books varies from county to county, some publishers lease their e-books to libraries at a price too expensive for their budget, or do not lease to libraries at all, which is why public support for access to e-books in libraries is so necessary. Please commend those involved in the Authors for Library Ebooks campaign.
In a statement, best-selling author Jodi Picoult said, “Whether it’s a digital file or a paper copy, I want readers to find my books—and all books—in their libraries.” “Young, old, rich, poor—libraries encourage exploration and a love of reading. I stand with libraries—and I invite other authors to join me in the campaign for library e-books for all.” Access to literature should not be restricted on the basis of format. Since libraries have emerged as a vital resource in the wake of the recession, the institution must keep up with technology that more and more people are using.
The behavior of publishers towards libraries in regards to leasing e-books at a fair price has been less than responsive at times in the past, but hopefully with the American Library Association’s new campaign e-books will become available to anyone who has an e-book reading device and a library card. Please commend the association’s efforts to bring e-books to all libraries.
Dear American Library Association President Barbara Stripling,
I commend the American Library Association’s efforts to advocate for the widespread availability of e-books in public libraries through their new campaign Authors for Library Ebooks. Authors like Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Jodi Picoult have graciously lent their names and voices to this worthy cause.
It is unfair for publishers to deprive public libraries equitable access to e-books since the public turns to the library for resources that should include digital forms of the latest novels and publications. Hopefully more authors will stand with Authors for Library Ebooks and with the campaign’s mission of asking authors “to stand with libraries in their quest for equitable access to e-books.”
I thank the American Library Association’s actions to democratize access to literature in all its formats. Hopefully with the public support that this campaign generates, publishers will see it is in their best interests to lease their e-books to libraries at an affordable price. Please continue your advocacy for the expansion of e-book access.
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