Why there aren't more eBooks

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Sadly, unlike a regular person, a library cannot pay Amazon or Barnes & Noble for an eBook and then lend it out to people.  We can buy a printed book from these companies, place it on the shelf, and lend it out--but digital content is being treated differently by the publishers and the companies who manage digital content licensing.  

We very much want to offer these eBooks to patrons; however, the publishers' policies are preventing us from doing so. Please know that Roanoke Public Library is committed to advocating for a change to these restrictive policies. 
The following companies currently refuse to sell or license eBooks to libraries: 

·       Macmillan Publishing

·       Simon & Schuster

·       Penguin Group

·       Brilliance Audio

·       Hachette Book Group
Think this is wrong!  You can write or call each publisher to let them know what you think.  For your convenience, the addresses are provided below.
Macmillan Publishing
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7521
Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000
Hachette Book Group
466 Lexington Avenue #131
New York, NY 10017
(212) 364-1100
Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000
Brilliance Audio
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256
Some authors this affects:

   Adams, Max

    Airth, Rennie

    Archer, Jeffrey

    Baldacci, David

    Banville, John

    Baron, Adam

    Barrington, James

    Beck, Greig

    Benchley, Peter

    Black, Benjamin

    Blake, Robin

    Booth, Faye L.

    Bradbury, Malcolm

    Brett, Simon

    Brown, Jim

    Browne, Robert Gregory

    Buckell, Tobias S.

    Cain, Chelsea

    Camilleri, Andrea

    Castillo, Linda

    Charles, Edward

    Chattam, Maxim

    Cleeves, Ann

    Coes, Ben

    Compton, Julie

    Cook, Robin

    Coughlin, Jack

    Crispin, Edmund

    Crombie, Deborah

    Cruz Smith, Martin

    Davis, Donald A.

    Dexter, Colin

    Diamant, Anita

    Dickinson, Margaret

    Durbridge, Francis

    Durrell, Gerald

    Ellis, Robert

    Evanovich, Janet

    Fiddimore, David

    Fisher, Sam

    Follett, Ken

    Ford, G. M.

    Francis, Clare

    Francis, Dick

    Francis, Felix

    Franklin, Tom

    Fuchs, Michael Stephen

    Gallo, Max

    Garve, Andrew

    George, Margaret

    Gloss, Molly

    Grafton, Sue

    Graham, Winston

    Grant, Andrew

    Grindle, Lucretia

    Hall, M. R.

    Hammett, Dashiell

    Hannah, Mari

    Harrison, Cora

    Harrison, Jim

    Hartshorne, Pamela

    Hawkins, Alis

    Hawksley, Humphrey

    Hearn, Lian

    Herbert, James

    Hewson, David

    Hewson, Sherrie

    Hiaasen, Carl

    Hinchcliffe, Sally

    Hosp, David

    Howard, Elizabeth Jane

    Howell, Katherine

    Humphreys, James

    Iliffe, Glyn

    Isaak, David

    Jackson, David

    Jahn, Ryan David

    James, Peter

    Jean, Wendy

    Jenkins, T. M.

    Jones, Nerys

    Jones, Susanna

    KEANE, Jessie

    Kent, Kathleen

    Kunzmann, Richard

    La Plante, Lynda

    Lapidus, Jens

    Lawrence, Hilda

    Lelic, Simon

    Leon, Donna

    Liang, Diane Wei

    Littell, Robert

    Manfredi, Valerio Massimo

    Marsh, Jean

    Martin, Tom

    Mason, Daniel

    McCabe, Patrick

    McCreet, James

    McGilloway, Brian

    McGown, Jill

    McGrath, M. J.

    Mcmurtry, Larry

    Miano, Sarah Emily

    Milton, Giles

    Monaghan, Alan

    Montalbano, William D

    Morgan, Terence

    Morgan Jones, Chris

    Morton, Kate

    Nesser, Hakan

    Nunn, Malla

    Nylund, Eric

    Palmer-Tomkinson, Tara

    Patterson, Richard North

    Paxton, Hugh

    Penman, Sharon

    Petit, Chris

    Preston, Douglas

    Reece, Gordon

    Reilly, Matthew

    Robinson, Peter

    Ryan, William

    Sampson, Catherine

    Sansom, C. J.

    Saul, John

    Scottoline, Lisa

    Severin, Tim

    Smith, Sid

    Smith, Wilbur

    Staten, Joseph

    Sutherland, Grant

    Swift, Deborah

    Turow, Scott

    Tyler, L. C.

    Walters, Minette

    Waters, Paul

    Whiteley, Aliya

    Williams, David

    Winton, Tim

Think that's wrong?  So do we.  If you would like more information, please contact Roanoke Public Library.