November 25, 2015

Ebooks For Libraries Petition Sent

Gina Millsap with the ebooks for libraries petition

Gina Millsap with the ebooks for libraries petition

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) today mailed its ebooks for libraries petition to all of the Big Six publishers. The petition collected more than 10,000 signatures over the past three months, and weighs 11 pounds (that’s a lot of postage.) Gina Millsap, CEO of the TSCPL, launched that effort in May, as LJ reported. It reached its goal of 10,000 signatures on June 25.

Of the Big Six, only HarperCollins and Random House currently sell ebooks to libraries, though Penguin recently started a pilot project with 3M and the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries.

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