Why do I have to wait for ebooks and eaudiobooks? Aren't digital books unlimited?
Libraries have to purchase an e-book in the same way they purchase physical books. Instead of purchasing a physical copy the library purchases a license. Part of this license requires that only one copy be available to one user at a time, just like physical books. This ensures that authors, narrators and other creators are paid fairly for their work, even when consumed digitally.
Why not just purchase more digital copies to reduce wait times?
The number of copies the library purchases depends on demand and budget. However, digital book licenses for libraries cost more than a consumer purchasing a digital copy at a retailer and can cost more than physical books. While a physical book can cost the library $15-20 each, a digital license can cost $45-$100 depending on the title.
What is an eBook embargo?
Learn more about it here.
Last updated: March 2020