The issue with eAudiobook access.
Demand for eAudiobooks is skyrocketing, but major multinational publishers aren’t making a number of best-selling titles available to Canadian public libraries – including some prominent Canadian and Indigenous works.
We want to share as many stories and ideas as possible in the formats you want. But in order for this to happen, the multinational publishers need to work directly with our libraries to make all titles available.
Libraries can’t afford to keep paying these prices.
Another issue libraries face is excessively high prices and restrictive purchasing models for eAudiobooks and eBooks. Libraries lend digital copies just like physical books — on a one-to-one basis. But the prices we pay for digital copies are exponentially higher.
Everyone will benefit from stronger #eContentForLibraries.
Libraries are crucial to creating a vibrant publishing industry in Canada. We’re constantly introducing Canadians to new titles and authors, directly influencing potential customers and fuelling sales outside the library.
Just as importantly, our libraries have significant purchasing power — but that only matters if we can buy the content our users want.