ALA Annual Report: ‘Free access to information in jeopardy’

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual State of America’s Libraries Report, pointing out how a difficult year for libraries has put “free access to information in jeopardy.”

Over at GalleyCat, we also collected links to free samples of the Most Frequently Challenged Library Books of the Year. The report chastised publishers for keeping eBooks out of most libraries and criticized “draconian budgetary challenges” that threatened libraries around the country.

Here’s more eBook news from the report: “The rapid growth of ebooks has stimulated increasing demand for them in libraries, but libraries only have limited access to ebooks because of restrictions placed on their use by publishers. Macmillan Publishing, Simon and Schuster and Hachette Book Group refused to sell ebooks to libraries. HarperCollins imposed an arbitrary 26 loans per ebook license, and Penguin refused to let libraries lend its new titles altogether. When Random House raised ebook prices, the ALA urged it to reconsider.”