Why do I have to wait so long for my eBook?

Graphic on an iPad of library being physically squeezed

Starting November 1...

A new lending policy from Macmillan, one of the nation’s biggest publishers, will only allow a library to buy one copy of a newly released title in eBook format.

Creating an eBook shortage

1 copy 1.4 million Hillsborough County residents

Libraries will be unable to purchase additional copies for 8 weeks!

These rules apply to all libraries across the country, no matter how many customers they may serve.

Longer Wait Time

(2x) the wait =

The current wait for newly released popular titles is an average of 7 weeks.

The publisher's restriction will cause at least a 15 week wait.

Libraries lend digital copies just like physical books — on a one-to-one basis.

Macmillan is one of the five biggest publishers in the U.S.

Popular Macmillan Authors

  • Stephen King
  • Lee Child
  • Nora Roberts
  • Elin Hilderbrand
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • N.K. Jemisen
  • John Scalzi

What We're Doing

We strive to provide equal access to information for all residents in a variety of formats. eBooks have become extremely popular and the demand is growing. In the past year our libraries circulated almost 2.4 million eBooks and eAudiobooks, making us one of the leading public libraries for digital lending.

Many public libraries are working with the American Library Association in objecting to this policy as a threat to library principles of equal and open access. Know that we remain committed to meeting your changing needs and interests.

What Can I Do?


Email the publisher at

Email Macmillan


Add your name to the online petition.

Sign it now


Spread the word about the #eBooksForAll campaign.

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