The Georgetown County Library system will join a library purchasing boycott against Macmillan Publishers, the Library Board voted on Thursday, November 22. The boycott is being organized by members of the library profession, including the SC Association of Public Library Administrators in response to actions from Macmillan that drastically restrict sales of its e-books to libraries, thus restricting access by library users.
Macmillan is one of the five "big publishers" of e-books and audiobooks in the U.S., Library Director Dwight McInvaill, told the board. If their actions stand, other publishers will likely follow suit.
"There are a lot of people who depend on the library to access these materials," McInvaill said. "We support business, but we also support public access. Libraries pay a lot more than an individual for an e-book and can only use it for a certain number of checkouts. They're already making money off us, they just want more at the expense of public access."