Support Fair eBook Pricing for RI Libraries!

The Issues:

  • Most major publishers set library pricing as much as 9 times (and sometimes more!) the cost to consumers for ebooks. (Note that libraries often purchase print books at a discount from consumer prices - using taxpayer dollars to the fullest.)
  • Most major publishers license ebooks to libraries that expire after one or two years, or a fixed number of checkouts, forcing libraries to repurchase ebooks at the same excessive prices each time, further inflating the actual costs for an individual ebook. 
  • Repurchasing ebooks requires constant monitoring and an analysis of the best way to meet patron demand with increasingly expensive short-term licenses. This leads to an additional cost - the cost of staff labor to review expired licenses weekly - diverting time and energy from other important services to library patrons.  
  • Some publishers do not allow libraries to purchase licenses to some or all of their digital works.

→ RILA supports proposed legislation that requires reasonable pricing & terms for all licensed digital ebooks and audiobooks that are sold to libraries in Rhode Island.

What you can do:

  • Contact your local state representative and tell them to support H 7508 
  • Contact your local state senator and tell them to support S 2514
  • Find your state legislators by clicking here.
  • H 7508 & S 2514 are known as "the eBook bills". These identical bills are grounded in Rhode Island consumer protection law (Rhode Island Unfair Sales Practices, R.I. General Laws § 6-13). These proposed bills use the power of the state government to regulate the terms of consumer contracts and protect public policy.

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We thank you for your support! 

"Rhode Island Library Association" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Rhode Island Library Association, P.O. Box 6765, Providence, RI 02940

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