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Digital audiobooks and ebooks. cloudLibrary holdings are managed be the GMILCS consortium and made available to all residents with a valid GMILCS borrower card. Wait times are generally shorter than those for OverDrive/Libby.
Digital audiobooks, ebooks, and magazines. OverDrive/Libby holdings are managed by the NH State Library and made available to all residents with a NH library card. Wait times may be longer than those for cloudLibrary.
Checkouts have been temporarily increased to 6 items/month/account to coincide with the COVID-19 closure.
Digital audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels, magazines, movies, and TV. Hoopla offers no wait lines and is available on the Apple App, Google Play, Amazon App Stores, and Roku streaming devices. Checkouts through Hoopla are limited to 4 total items/month/account (as of 7/1/2019).
Adobe Digital Editions might be required to read/listen to certain downloads on a computer or transfer downloads to older mobile devices such as original Nooks. An Adobe ID will need to be created (see instructions below).
As a response to our Libraries' effort to continue to offer digital materials during the COVID-19 closures, Macmillan Publishers abandoned their Library E-book Embargo on March 17, 2020. Read about this here.
We do not know if this reprieve is temporary. - Yvette Couser, Director
Dear Library Supporters,
One of the largest publishing companies, Macmillan Publishers and their CEO John Sargent has placed a pricing embargo on eBooks directed at libraries.
What is Macmillan doing?
“As of November 1, 2020, “library systems” will now be allowed to purchase a single –that is, one—perpetual access e-book during the first eight weeks of publication for each new Macmillan release, at half price ($30). Additional copies will then be available at full price (generally $60 for new releases) after the eight-week window has passed. All other terms remain the same: e-book licenses will continue to be metered for 2 years or 52 lends, whichever comes first, on a one copy/one user model.”
Our library purchases e-books in the NH State Library Overdrive Consortium and are considered to be one “library system” and not 200+ individual libraries under Macmillan’s restriction. Under this embargo there will only be one copy available, causing wait times to be considerably longer. A few popular authors include: Kristin Hannah, Louise Penny, Steve Berry, Lisa Scottoline, Bill O’Reilly, Nora Roberts, CJ Box. A full list of authors can be found at: us.macmillan.com/browsebyauthor
What is the Merrimack Public Library doing?
MPL purchases ebooks for OverDrive (Libby) through the State Library and we purchase ebooks for CloudLibrary through GMILCS. We feel that this unfair pricing model goes against everything libraries stand for, namely, equitable access to information. We are reluctant to boycott Macmillan for their unfair business practices because to do so would be in opposition to our mission of providing patrons access to ebooks.
What are other industry leaders doing?
Several other states and their attorney general offices, library consortiums, and city libraries are exploring legal action against Macmillan publishers.
If you would like to share your concerns about this situation, the American Library Association has created an online petition that you can read here. You are also welcome to share your concerns with Yvette Couser, the Library Director or Debra Covell, Chair, Merrimack Public Library Board of Trustees. We apologize for this inconvenience and we thank you for your continued support.
Supported by the MPL Board of Trustees. 11.15.19