Anyone who has purchased their textbooks for the semester knows that information is not free. In fact, information can be quite expensive, which is one of the reasons communities, schools, colleges, and businesses organize libraries. Information feeds creativity, learning, and new ideas. Libraries help those people who cannot afford to buy every last information source that they need. As information has moved from print to digital, several leading publishers flat out refuse to work with libraries to find ways to provide ebooks to patrons. The library community is concerned that increasing numbers of people will be left on the wrong side of the digital divide, if a Kindle, iPad, and Internet connection are required to just read a book. This is a serious concern, so librarians across the country are working to spread the word.
Here is a link to Sarah Houghton’s blog post: Notice to Publishers. This is the sign she put up the San Rafael Public Library: