Due to a licensing embargo, the Library will not be purchasing digital books published by Macmillan. Only Macmillan titles are affected. Read more for full details.

What is the Macmillan embargo?

Beginning November 1, Macmillan Publishing is no longer permitting libraries to purchase more than one copy of a digital book until 8 weeks after the publication date. Macmillan is the publisher of authors such as Louise Penny, Nora Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Augusten Burroughs, Kristin Hannah, and Rainbow Rowell.

Does this embargo affect print books and audiobooks?

No. Macmillan has placed this embargo only on digital editions of books (eBooks). Print and audiobook access is not affected.

How does this affect libraries’ ability to serve their patrons?

The embargo severely restricts the ability of libraries to meet readers’ demand for new digital books. Moreover, it goes against a longtime core value of library service: free and equal access to information for all patrons.

How is the Estes Valley Library responding?

In recent months, major libraries and professional library associations have voiced their concerns to Macmillan. The Estes Valley Library has made the decision to join many libraries nationwide in boycotting the purchase of Macmillan’s digital books. Understandably, this poses short-term inconvenience, which we regret. Yet the goal is to safeguard the long-term interests of all patrons.

Will the Library continue to purchase digital books in general?

Absolutely. While we regret the void created by the Macmillan embargo, we will continue to maintain a robust selection of digital titles by other publishers. We encourage patrons to continue using and exploring digital collections. In the meantime, Macmillan titles can still be enjoyed in print and audio formats.

Is there a way to express my concern to Macmillan?

The American Library Association has organized an online petition. More than 150,000 signatures have already been gathered. Click here to read more and to sign your name to the growing list.