COLORADO SPRINGS — Access to E-books from local librarys could soon become limited due to a decision from the nation’s largest book publishers.
The E-Book collection at Pikes Peak Library District is so popular the system’s digital circulation now ranks within the top 20 in the nation with 1.5 million checkouts this year.
The decision will stop libraries from having perpetual access to each book they purchase and force them to re-purchase books after two years. Public libraries will also face eight-week embargoes on new e-book titles, beginning next month.
This will be a burden for those who rely on audio and E-books due to visual impairments or other limitations.
“Another group this is going to affect, we check out a huge amount of audio and E-books to people deployed over seas,” Chief Librarian & CEO of Pikes Peak Library District John Spears said. “It’s one of the things that we do to give back to the military community and Pikes Peak community. This is going to affect all of those people and it’s going to be a real issue of equity of access and who can utilize the Pikes Peak Library District.”
Those who want to voice opposition to these lending changes can take action here.