Publishers are limiting your use of eBooks and eAudiobooks through the Batesville Memorial Public Library.

Readers are finding titles listed as “not available” under the new policies that major publishers have for libraries. The new terms restrict how libraries can purchase and circulate eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Here’s the Situation:

  • None of the big publishers are selling or licensing eBooks or eAudiobooks to libraries in the same way they do print copies

  • Libraries are limited on the number of copies that they can purchase, as well as when and how long they can be active in the library’s catalog

  • In some cases, libraries are being denied access to the electronic new releases

  • These changes will make it impossible for libraries to provide equal access to information and hurt Hoosiers who depend on libraries the most

The Batesville Memorial Public Library has promoted eBooks and eAudiobooks for many years, long before it was as popular as it is today. In fact, 7,005 eBooks and 2,623 aAudiobooks were borrowed from the Batesville Memorial Public Library last year. So far in 2019, we have circulated over 8,000 electronic materials, which means that the Library is on track for a record year in eBook and eAudiobook circulation.

The costs associated with eBooks and eAudiobooks are rising as well. Libraries are often required to pay several times the retail price and now may be forced to re-purchase popular titles every two years. The Batesville Memorial Public Library spent over $5,000 in 2018 on eBooks and eAudiobooks, which was an increase of 20% over the previous year.

We hope to modify these new policy changes by working with the publishers and authors, as well as library consortia, our state and national library associations, and other stakeholders. We will keep you updated.

Thank you for your support of the Batesville Memorial Public Library.