September 27, 2012
ALA and AAP Exchange Press Releases on eLending, More to Follow in the Near Future?
On Sept. 24, ALA President Maureen Sullivan issued An Open Letter to America’s Publishers (ALA E-content Blog link) regarding eLending practices in the publishing industry due in no small part to Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin's refusal to provide access to their eBook titles in US libraries. The following day, AAP issued a response to ALA's "harshly critical open letter". AAP's press release includes the following announcement which I read, perhaps incorrectly, as an invitation to speak to AAP's members:
Within the narrow scope of our authority as a trade association, AAP has tried to help advance the dialogue on e-lending between libraries and publishers. The session we organized for former ALA leadership at our Annual Meeting remains our most-watched online video. In that spirit, AAP is set to host an event to be held in a few days welcoming Ms. Sullivan and providing her with a platform to speak to more than 100 members of the publishing community.