Why don't you have more eBooks and eAudiobooks?
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2020 Views: 599

Many different factors affect whether or not we purchase specific titles as eBooks or eAudiobooks.

  • eBooks for library lending are sold differently than eBooks for private consumer use. Not all publishers sell eBooks to libraries for public use (such as Amazon's Kindle or Audible original titles), and some publishers do not make their new eBooks available for libraries right away. For example, some publishers have chosen to "embargo" their new eBook or eAudio titles, meaning that they are not available for libraries to purchase, for the first couple of months. 
  • Publishers have different purchasing models for how they sell to libraries. Some sell them with a limited number of checkouts or with a built-in expiration date of one or two years. Publishers are continuing to change their sales and lending models for libraries, often limiting access and/or increasing prices.
  • Publishers charge libraries much more for eBooks and eAudio books than a consumer would pay for them. Library eBooks can be borrowed over and over again (up to any limit on the number of checkouts and/or a time limit). An eBook that you might see on Amazon for $9.99 (or even $1.99 if it's on sale) could cost anywhere from $40 to $100 or more per copy for a library to buy.
  • We purchase adult books in five different formats: regular print, large print, audio CD, eBook, and eAudio. Buying books across five different formats, and the increased cost for eBooks and eAudio for libraries does present a challenge to what we can purchase.

There is some good news! We have continued to increase our budget for eBooks and eAudio each year, as we continue to grow these collections. As of June, 2020, our digital collection contains over 100,000 items. This includes over 15,000 eBook titles (with over 71,000 copies), over 7,400 eAudio Book titles (with over 34,000 copies), plus 70 e-Magazine titles with unlimited checkouts.

With many people staying at home, and students participating in virtual learning from home, the spring of 2020 has meant a significant increase in the usage and demand for our digital collection. We have purchased additional copies of our eBook and eAudio titles to keep up with the requests and keep the wait times as low as we can.

We've also worked with our eBook vendor, OverDrive, to highlight eBooks and eAudiobooks that are Always Available on the OverDrive website and in the Libby mobile app.

If you'd like to submit suggestions for a specific title for us to consider purchasing as an eAudiobook, you can request it for purchase. Our Book Selection Librarians will review it for possible addition to our collection.

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