From The Bookseller:

Librarians have warned that the year-long stalemate with the major publishers over the terms of e-book lending could damage the already beleaguered service.

Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Pan Macmillan and Faber are among the publishers still not offering their titles for e-book lending, a year after the Publishers Association set out an agreed baseline position on e-book lending aimed at helping shape the negotiations with libraries and library suppliers. HarperCollins, which did previously supply e-books, had mooted a controversial limited loans per purchase policy, but ceased supplying at the end of April. …

Tim Cotterall, commercial director at Askews, which provides e-book library supply, estimated the percentage of UK publishers offering their books for lending in libraries could be as low as 20%, though he said “gradual” progress was being made with smaller publishers.

Much more in the article.


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