Denver Public Library joins campaign against eBook embargo – please join!

November 6, 2019

The Denver Public Library is a place of limitless learning, access and opportunities. Access comes in many forms, and digital content is just one, but it’s a significant one. Millions of customers use digital access as their one and only method to access books. That access will soon be limited.

Macmillan Publishers recently announced a new policy that libraries would be allowed to purchase only one copy upon release of a popular new title in eBook format, after which the publisher would impose an eight-week embargo on additional copies of that title sold to libraries.

Customers with a disability or learning issues would have fewer options. eBooks can easily become large-print books, and most eBook readers offer options that make reading easier for people with dyslexia. Readers living in remote locations, along with students and researchers, would also be negatively affected. In some instances, the embargo would force customers to wait a year or more to borrow an eBook.

Along with the American Library Association, the Denver Public Library urges Macmillan to reverse its new policy.

More than 166,000 people have added their names to a petition launched by the American Library Association. We invite you to do the same. Join us in advocating for fair access by logging on to to sign the petition to call for Macmillan to reverse their policy.

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