CBC News reports that some Nova Scotia libraries have begun boycotting Random House over a change to Random House’s e-book pricing for libraries. Earlier this year, Random House announced its plans to raise the prices on e-books bought for library loans, and despite an ALA statement asking the publisher not to do so, put it into effect last month. Under the new rates, libraries have seen Random House e-book prices almost triple.
Troy Myers, CEO and chief librarian of Nova Scotia’s South Shore Public Libraries, said that he hopes the boycott will make a statement, and that publishers should start seeing public libraries as partners who help them sell books, rather than as a threat. The library’s managers will be speaking to their counterparts at other Canadian libraries to see about expanding the boycott.