Amazon withholds its ebooks from libraries because it prefers you pay it instead

Amazon withholds its ebooks from libraries because it prefers you pay it instead


Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Amazon is withholding ebook and audiobook versions of works it publishes through its in-house publishing arms from US libraries, according to a new report from The Washington Post. In fact, Amazon is the only major publisher that’s doing this, the report states. It’s doing so because the company thinks the terms involved with selling digital versions of books to libraries, which in turn make them available to local residents for free through ebook lending platforms like Libby, are unfavorable.

“It’s not clear to us that current digital library lending models fairly balance the interests of authors and library patrons,” Mikyla Bruder, the global marketing chief at Amazon Publishing, told The Washington Post’s Geoffrey Fowler in an…

Continue reading…

Source:

This post was originally created on this site & curated for Mamizi members

Tags: