Hello fair readers,
Today, big stuff happened on the libraries and ebooks front. And I tried to write an eloquent and stern “open letter to HarperCollins” type post. But so many people are doing it much better than I can. So instead, I will do something I am good at and point you towards the resources to educate yourself about what is going on and what you can do about it.
First, read the Library Journal article written by Josh Hadro who broke the story. It’s really great reporting. Thank you so much Josh.
Next, check out the hashtag that started the uprising of librarians in response to that great piece of reporting.
Now read the really amazing blog posts popping up all over the libraryland blogosphere.
Okay you should be pretty briefed by now and also angry/upset/disappointed — however you choose to process this.
Finally, there is this:
That right there is the email HarperCollins has obviously set up specifically for our complaints and suggestions. So let them have it. Tell them what you think and what you have to say about it. Give them any suggestions you have for how to make this right and more importantly if you are angry about this decision (that’s right Librarians, it is okay to be angry) that was made without libraries and librarians having any place or opinion in the matter tell them about it.
You can also @ them on twitter. They live here: http://twitter.com/#!/HarperCollins
And that’s all for now. Have a lovely (but activist filled) weekend.