Macmillan Boycott

Anoka County Library opposes any effort to restrict or delay our ability to provide the public with free and equitable access to information and services.

because access equals opportunity

In 2019, Anoka County Library began boycotting Macmillan’s ebooks over their actions taken to dictate the way our users access library material.  We are fighting on behalf of our patrons for fair access to library materials along with many other libraries throughout the country.

The Basics:

  • Macmillan is one of the country’s five major book publishers.
  • Starting on Nov. 1, 2019, Macmillan implemented an embargo on library e-book purchases that prevents libraries of any size from purchasing more than one copy of a newly released e-book for the first eight weeks after publication in order to increase sales. 
  • ACL cardholders will not see any ebooks published by Macmillan authors that fall under the embargo available in our collection. Books in print and audiobook formats (which are not embargoed) will still be available.
  • We will spend the same amount of our budget allocated toward ebooks on items from other publishers in order to provide patrons access to a wide variety of authors and genres.

Libraries ensure people have access to information and lifelong learning regardless of age, education, ethnicity, gender, language, income, physical limitations, or geographic barriers. This embargo limits libraries’ ability to provide access for all. It particularly harms library patrons with disabilities or learning issues who utilize ebook technology to adjust font size and line spacing for easier reading and benefit from lightweight, easy to hold devices.

What can you do?join the fight

Support your library by checking out ebooks and other materials.

We have a goal of 25,000 ebook checkouts from CloudLibrary for February 2020.   

Show Macmillan that library users are a force to be reckoned with!
Learn more about our ebook goal and other ways to support ebooks for all.