American Libraries has been keeping track of “the Big Five publishers (Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Hachette Book Group) and the terms they offer to libraries for their ebooks.”
Their “updated matrix (PDF file) provides a complete list of the distributors that each publisher uses and fuller information about library consortium access, including specifics for public, academic, and school library access.”
Things to note:
- Among the Big Five, only Hachette Book Group does not offer public libraries the opportunity to license its ebooks through consortia
- The publishers are not as open to school library consortia.
- Academic library consortia may license from Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Macmillan.
- Simon & Schuster does not license to academic libraries at all.
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