Statement on eBook Pricing Models

The pricing model recently announced by HarperCollins Publishers that imposes a cap of 26 uses on eBooks does not work for public libraries. It will be difficult for libraries to manage, difficult for distributors to support, and the circulation limit per copy is not in line with the performance of most print counterparts. However, we recognize the need to work with publishers to implement a system that allows libraries to meet the expectations of our customers, without harming the publishing industry in Canada or elsewhere. Pricing models have to work for all parties. As stated in the

CULC/CBUC Vision Statement
, it is important to understand that “The future of library collections depends on the ability to collect, describe, organize, and preserve these collections.”

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