- Amazon is the only US publisher that does not sell e-books or audiobooks to libraries.
- Amazon has published thousands of e-books since 2009.
- Public libraries are a way for Americans to access books and media, some of which are paywalled by Amazon.
(11 Mar 2021) Amazon does not sell its thousands of e-books or tens of thousands of audiobooks to libraries, The Washington Post reported.
The e-commerce giant has published books since 2009 under more than a dozen imprints spanning different genres, and it also owns Audible Studios, a major audiobook player. Publishers decide how to distribute works once a writer signs, which usually includes selling physical and digital copies to libraries for circulation to the public. Amazon, though, is the only major publisher that completely bypasses selling digital versions to libraries, according to The Washington Post.
“It’s not clear to us that current digital library lending models fairly balance the interests of authors and library patrons,” publisher at Amazon Publishing Mikyla Bruder told The Post.
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