NLA MacMillan Embargo Statement
    Oct. 9, 2019

    As many of you know, the new Macmillan ebook lending model is an expansion of an existing policy that went into effect in July 2018, when the company, without warning, issued a four-month embargo applying solely to titles from the company’s Tor imprint. The embargo will not apply to all Macmillan and imprint titles

    ALA, along with PLA and various state chapters, is speaking out against this embargo and its effect on library patrons across the country. ALA is also encouraging patrons to join them in demanding #ebooksforall and sign a petition asking Macmillan to reverse this policy.  See below on how to sign this petition.

    In addition to the public petition against the Macmillan embargo model, ALA is also asking state chapters to respond by condemning the practice and asking Macmillan to reconsider their policy. Click here to read a copy of the statement submitted by the NLA.

    ALA is also particularly worried about the effect this embargo policy will have on the rest of the publishing industry. Since last fall, Hachette Book Group (HBG) and Penguin Random House (PRH) have eliminated “perpetual access” for libraries and replaced it with a two-year access model. Simon & Schuster changed from a one-year to two-year access model. HarperCollins continues with its 26-loan model. Macmillan now stands alone in its embargo policy among the largest (Big 5) publishers, but this may not last forever. If Macmillan sees success, other publishers may reevaluate their policies and adopt embargos.

    You can find more information about the embargo policy and library response at the following links: