“What, however, is your evidence that e Book lending by libraries is having a deleterious effect upon your sales?Could trends other than library e Books sales have more to do with any decline you may be seeing?
However, ebook sales declined10 percent in 2017 versus 2016, according to Pub Track Digital data released this spring.
Although these losses have been offset by increases in audiobook and hardback sales, publishers will continue looking to shore up ebook sales, and librarians are certainly hoping that their institutions aren’t once again viewed as scapegoats.
We suspect that Amazon is using indie sales to lower pricing while deeply discounting higher priced larger publisher content, as noted here by ‘Amazon Ebook Dollars by Discount from Digital List Price.’ We wonder if Amazon, and not libraries, is the source of any decline you may be seeing.”Potash pointed to Amazon as well.
“Amazon has indicated that its fastest growing catalog of ebook sales [is] self-published authors, and they are adding 100,000 new titles.
In a move that has raised concern throughout the library field, Macmillan in July announced that it would be testing a four month embargo on selling new ebooks published by its Tor imprint to libraries.
The publisher said the test would help it determine whether library lending is having a negative impact on retail ebook sales.S., When given access to frontlist ebook titles, these institutions purchase a lot of licenses.In fact, the IMLS figures show that ebooks in library collections have increased by over 2,600 percent from 2006 to 2015 (the most recent year studied).This clearly explains why big New York trade houses, when they look at their ebook retail sales flattening or declining, this is the cause.” The largest retailer of ebooks has introduced a massive influx of indie titles into the market, no one outside of Amazon has the sales data to determine the exact nature or scale of the impact that this is having on the broader ebook market, but one would assume that it is significant, according to Potash.The Panorama Project aims to bring more clarity to the role that libraries play in the publishing industry, tracking all physical and digital forms of a work and analyzing data from publishers, distributors, booksellers, libraries, search sites, social sites, and other sources.S.”These were, in part, the arguments that ultimately helped persuade Big Five publishers such as Macmillan to begin licensing frontlist titles to libraries a few years ago.