WASHINGTON, D.C.— In a video released by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Campaign for America’s Libraries, bestselling author Cory Doctorow lends his public support for fair and equitable ebook lending practices for libraries.
“There’s only one powerful voting bloc out there whose only interest is promoting books, authorship and knowledge…and that’s libraries,” Doctorow said in the video. “As an author, I want libraries to have my books, and I want them to be able to get them on equitable terms. Libraries should be able to buy books and they should be able to buy them on fair terms.”
Doctorow, a long-time champion for libraries and reader privacy, is a member of “Authors for Library Ebooks,” a new ALA initiative that asks authors to stand with libraries in their quest for equitable access to e-books. Developed by the ALA’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG), the Authors for Library E-books campaign encourages authors to sign on to a statement of shared values, to discuss the issue with their publishers, and raise awareness of their concerns through their websites, social media and other communications channels.
“Bestselling authors Ursula K. Le Guin and Jodi Picoult also have joined the “Authors for Library Ebooks” campaign,” said Robert Wolven, DCWG co-chair. “The campaign represents an extension of the ALA’s advocacy strategy to ensure all people have access to the world’s knowledge and literature through our nation’s libraries—regardless of format. ALA leaders have met with major publishers, distributors, authors and representative associations to seek sustainable solutions for library e-book lending.”