It seems as if a new chapter in the Big Six’s war with libraries has been written.

Beginning on October 1, libraries interested in acquiring backlist e-books from Hachette will have to pay approximately 220% more than they would today. Infodocket’s Gary Price seems to have been the reporter who broke the story late last week; he apparently obtained an explanatory email that was sent from OverDrive to a number of its library partners. (To read that email, see below.)

As for the acquisition of any new Hachette e-books, libraries remain out of luck: If a Hachette title was published after April 2010, you won’t see a digital version of it in any public library.

According to Paid Content, however, Hachette is currently working with two unnamed e-book distributors to test a pilot program that makes new e-books available to some libraries.

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From Infodocket:

Dear Library Partner,

Hachette will be raising its eBook prices on October 1, 2012 on their currently available eBook catalog (~3,500 eBook titles with release dates of April 2010 and earlier). On average prices will increase 220%.

Orders for Hachette eBook titles at current pricing must be submitted in Content Reserve by 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, September 30, 2012. This includes any orders that are currently in your Content Reserve work queue as well as new orders created during the remainder of the month. Any orders with Hachette eBook content left in your work queue and submitted after September 30th will be processed under the new pricing.

Effective October 1, 2012, the new prices will be reflected in Content Reserve.


OverDrive Collection Development Team