LIBRARY REQUEST EXCHANGE
This is my second update about the "Library Request Exchange," a service we launched in January on The Writers' Lens (see link at the top of the right sidebar). Here's how it works:
- We exchange book info: Author, Title, Publisher, ISBN, genre/subject
- Then you put in a request at your local library for my book, and I put in a request at mine for your book.
Don't be shy-- contact your library about a book (or several) you'd like to see available!
AUTHORS FOR LIBRARY E-BOOKS
Small press and self-published authors struggle to get their books into libraries. The reasons are many, from the sheer number of books currently on the market to the obstacles libraries face in adding new vendors, even ones like Amazon.
- American Library Association's Marketing to Libraries Fact Sheet
Here's an excerpt from the September 2013 issue of Locus where Cory Doctorow gave an overview of some of the difficulties libraries face, including having to pay inflated prices of up to $60 for ebooks:
- "The ALA has launched a program called Authors for Library E-books, through which authors like me (and you) can sign onto a call to their publishers to give libraries fair and equitable access to e-books. If you’re interested in signing up, you can find the campaign at http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/a4le."
The Authors for Library Ebooks campaign seeks to add author voices to those of librarians and readers in support of equitable access to digital content through libraries. There are many ways you can support this effort:
- Sign on to the Authors Stand with Libraries statement.
- Help raise awareness of this issue with publishers, other authors and the general public.
- Learn more about what’s at stake.
Just for fun, here's a site with a historical perspective on libraries: