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July 16, 2019 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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ALA Confronts Ebook Policy Changes

ALA’s Alan S. Inouye writes the following for American Libraries:

After several years of relative stability, the library trade ebook market is again shifting in disconcerting directions. … [T]he American Library Association (ALA) has ongoing concerns over library prices for ebooks and audiobooks.

Within the last few weeks, two of the largest trade publishers—Hachette Book Group (HBG) and Simon & Schuster (S&S)—made significant changes in their terms for libraries. These recent developments follow changes to the pricing model at Penguin Random House (PRH) last October, and the recent imposition of a 90-day embargo on selected digital audio titles by Blackstone Audio. …

Further changes are on the horizon. At this time, none of the Big Five employs an embargo, save for the ‘test’ that Macmillan instituted for its Tor imprint in July 2018, which ALA opposed. However, ALA is expecting Macmillan to make an announcement about its ebooks by the end of this summer.

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