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Macmillan Makes Frontlist eBooks Available to Libraries

Macmillan will make its frontlist eBooks available through its public library e-lending program Macmillan announced on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. As I have mentioned before, Macmillan Education and Macmillan Publishers are divisions of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck (known in English as the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group), a family-owned company based in Stuttgart, Germany.
Courtney Louise Young, Head Librarian & Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Penn State University and 2014-15

President of the American Library Association (A.L.A.), stated, “The Macmillan expansion of its library ebook program represents another important development for improving the ability of libraries to serve America’s communities. One of the most fundamental relationships and roles of libraries is to connect authors and readers. Library lending encourages experimentation, enabling people to sample new authors, topics, and genres, and stimulates the market for books. Thus libraries are a critical de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors and publishers.”

President Young further stated, “ALA’s first meeting with Macmillan CEO John Sargent and his leadership team took place at the beginning of 2012. At that meeting, it was clear that our ideas about library ebook lending were highly divergent. We have both learned a lot since that time, and the market has evolved considerably. We are pleased that Macmillan has transitioned from no library ebook lending to limited pilots and now to offering its full ebook catalog to libraries.”

Ms. Young added, “Today represents an important step forward in ensuring that the public has access to the full range of digital content. However, we must remember that the digital content marketplace is in the midst of a revolution, and thus many more issues remain to be addressed. ALA looks forward to continuing discussions with Macmillan, and more broadly with authors, authors’ representatives, publishers, distributors, and retailers to create new opportunities to support a healthy reading ecosystem for the digital age.”