library books Publishing shift threatens access
There's a revolution in book publishing that is affecting your free access to information. As advocates of literacy, education and research, your libraries have embraced all forms of publishing, including exciting new digital content options made available through such devices as Barnes & Noble's Nook, Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iPad and others. The problem is that most publishers of electronic content are not embracing libraries as conduits to providing such electronic content to our publics.
A basic tenet of librarianship is providing free and unfettered access to information. The traditional way to achieve this is to purchase and loan print books to our customers. Libraries also borrow books from one another and purchase multiple copies of high demand titles to meet our customers' needs. This common practice of purchasing and borrowing print books is codified in the U.S. Constitution as U.S. Copyright law that balances the economic interests of publishers against the interest of society for access to information to promote education and foster economic development through research.