A Growing Collection
We love digital books, and we know our patrons do too. In fact, the Arapahoe Library District has increased our eBook and audiobook collection by 241 percent to 26,800 items during the last few years, and, at the request of our patrons, we are dedicating more and more resources toward this growing collection.
Why Don’t You Have the eBook I’m Looking For?
At the same time, we cannot ignore the facts. You may have noticed that our collection is more limited in variety than our book selection. Why is that?
Publishers Control eBooks in a Different Way than the Print Edition
Several publishers only license titles for a specific number of uses before they expire and the library has to purchase them again. Other publishers charge libraries a much higher price than you the consumer would pay or than we would pay for the print copy. In addition some eBook editions are not published until several months after the print edition. So we can’t get you the title as soon as we would like. In addition some small publishers or self-published authors don’t have way for libraries to deliver their eBooks so that we can then lend them to you.
Publishers are afraid of losing sales. We suspect that these publishers don’t believe that library patrons also buy books. But, we know better! Library patrons love books. Love to borrow them, buy them and re-read favorites over and over again. As digital books become more popular, this simple fact won’t change. So, we have decided to join with libraries across the nation in trying to show book publishers that library patrons are customers too!
For more information, please read our eBooks Frequently Asked Questions