eBooks Letter Campaign

Email, write or call these publishers to let them know what you think about their restrictive policies for selling e-Books to the Fresno County Public Library.  Or write to your favorite author care of their publisher. Feel free to copy, edit, or share these sample letters.

Macmillan Publishing
175 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(888) 330-8477

Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 364-1100
www.hachettebookgroup.com/customer_contact us

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000

Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000

Random House
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
(212) 782-9000

HarperCollins Publishers
10 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 207-7000

Sample Letter to a Publisher

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am a customer of Fresno County Public Library in California. I am writing to express my disappointment with your unwillingness to sell or license eBooks to public libraries and/or any restrictive pricing or usage policies you may impose on public libraries when they purchase eBooks. Through these restrictive practices, you are denying me and other library users equal access to books. I do not believe a publishing company should restrict access to information through the public library based solely on a book’s format.


Sample Letter to an Author

Ms./Mr. (insert author’s name);

I am a customer of Fresno County Public Library in California. As an avid reader I am concerned with your publisher’s policy regarding the sale of eBooks to public libraries. Over the last two years, the demand for eBooks has grown by leaps and bounds, and many library patrons are moving to eReaders as their choice for content delivery. Access to eBooks through libraries should be viewed by authors and publishers as desirable — it means more readers will find your titles and have the opportunity to discover new authors.

I understand that publishers are nervous about their property and intellectual rights — and authors are, too. There is already a secure DRM (Digital Rights Management) solution in use by all providers of e-content to libraries. What is hard for me to understand is why your publisher finds making your works available to libraries at a reasonable price to be an unacceptable business model. Particularly since recent studies confirm what libraries have known all along, that people who borrow library books also buy them – in every format.

I would ask you, as a prominent author, to bring pressure to bear on your publisher to open their e-content to public libraries and at a fair price without a lot of restrictive usage policies. Libraries have a long tradition in this country of significant contributions to our national love of reading and books (in any format). I hope that the authors, like yourself, that I have enjoyed over the years will speak out in favor of making all published works available for purchase by libraries at reasonable cost.

Thank you for your consideration of this issue.