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Macmillan abandons library e-book embargo

(17 Mar 2020) In a surprise announcement today, Macmillan abandoned its controversial embargo on new release e-books in libraries, effective this week. “There are times in life when differences should be put aside,” reads a brief memo from Macmillan CEO John Sargent addressed to librarians, authors, illustrators, and agents. “Effective on Friday (or whenever thereafter our wholesalers can effect […]


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ALA launches national campaign against e-book embargo

(11 Sep 2019) Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced a public campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. In a press conference held at the Nashville Public Library during the 2019 Digital Book World conference, ALA debuted an online petition at eBooksForAll.org for members of the public […]


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Dozens of US libraries are boycotting audiobooks

(12 Jul 2019)  Over 50 libraries in the US are boycotting audiobooks published by Blackstone audio. This is because Blackstone is going to embargo most of their new release titles by 90 days. The libraries are just the first wave and hundreds of libraries are considering joining the boycott. More details of the boycott can […]


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Major international associations support immediate open access to research articles

(14 May 2014) Several organizations have committed to the principle that access to information advances discovery, accelerates innovation and improves education. They endorse the policies and practices that enable open access – immediate, barrier free access to and reuse of scholarly articles. They also believe that eliminating embargo periods should be included in open access […]


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