you may be wondering why there aren’t more eBooks available from the library, why you have to wait for eBooks, or why some bestsellers aren’t available at all? Here are some answers:
Three of the six major publishers (Hatchette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and all of their imprints) will not sell their eBooks to libraries at all. Another major publisher, HarperCollins requires libraries to re-purchase an ebook after it has circulated 26 times. Penguin gives their eBooks a 1-year license, but will not allow their eBooks to be read on the Kindle platform. Random House (which is merging with Penguin) sells eBooks to libraries at three times the cost to anyone else.
From the Whatcom County Library System newsletter