Federation of Ontario Public Libraries


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Hello there,

Thank you for helping us spread the word and advocate for more reasonable prices and terms for ebooks from multinational publishers. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Our initial campaign received media attention across North America, generated significant discourse on Twitter and Facebook with#FairEbookPrices, and has received the support of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which passed a motion at its annual general meeting, calling on the federal government to take action.

Public libraries welcomed Penguin Random House’s recently announced reduced ebook prices for libraries as a positive step in the right direction. This new pricing model will help public libraries achieve our goal of providing universal access to ebooks. So far, other multinational publishers have not adjusted their pricing.

Today we sent out a press release with an open letter to Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster to advocate for a pricing model that introduces fairness and flexibility.

We’d love for you to read and share this letter with your friends, colleagues and constituents on social media and beyond.

We also invite you to take part in a Twitter chat on Thursday, March 31from 12:30 to 1:30pm. Vickery Bowles, Toronto Public Library City Librarian (@vbowlesTPL), Tim Tierney, Ottawa Public Library Board Chair (@TimTierney), and Sharon Karr, Manager, Collection Management & Access at Edmonton Public Library (@sharonkarr), will host the chat. Publishers, libraries, media, authors, government officials, library users and anyone interested in discussing this issue are invited to join with #FairEbookPrices.

Thank you,
Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing