As originally published in American Libraries E-content blog:
Digital Content and Libraries Working Group Community
As originally posted on American Libraries E-content blog http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/e-content/open-letter-america-s-publishers
"The following open letter was released by ALA President Maureen Sullivan regarding the refusal of Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin to provide access to their ebooks in USlibraries:
A primary area of focus for ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group has been on ebook business models that are favorable to public libraries. A business model essential is the library’s ability to retain a copy of an ebook file, lend an ebook, and transfer the ebook to another platform. Beyond this principle, what other attributes would libraries consider in a licensing arrangement with publishers? “Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries” describes those terms librarians should examine in licenses - both good and bad – when acquiring ebooks. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.