One eRead Canada Begins Soon

News Date: 
28 May 2019

Dawn Dumont’s Glass Beads to kick off national campaign to increase availability of e-materials

Strathmore, Alberta, May 28, 2019 - Marigold Library System is excited to announce the launch of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC)’s inaugural One eRead Canada campaign from June 3 to 30, 2019.

Participating Canadian public libraries will be offering free, unlimited access to the campaign’s first book, Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont, in eBook and eAudiobook format across digital content platforms. This book will be available to all library cardholders with no holds or waitlists.

One eRead Canada is the latest initiative undertaken by CULC/CBUC, which is striving to resolve the prohibitive costs and purchasing restrictions public libraries face related to eContent. Our recent eContent for Libraries campaign drew attention to major multinational publishers’ excessively high prices and restrictive purchasing models for eBooks and eAudiobooks. One eRead Canada and similar programs introduce readers and listeners to new titles and authors, positively impacting sales of digital content.

CULC/CBUC Chair Pilar Martinez is thrilled to announce the launch of the CULC/CBUC’s inaugural One eRead Canada campaign. “Improving library access to eContent is good for publishers, readers, and authors alike,” says Martinez.

The campaign’s inaugural book, Glass Beads by Saskatchewan-born Indigenous author, actor, and comedian Dawn Dumont is a collection of interconnected short stories, focussed on the lives of four First Nations people against a backdrop of two decades of political, social, and cultural change. With this selection, One eRead Canada also seeks to help foster national conversation around reconciliation, Indigenous experiences and the importance of #ownvoices stories.

Glass Beads’ publisher Thistledown Press is an independent Canadian publisher that is taking an active role in making eContent more accessible to the public, in partnership with public libraries.

“We appreciate independent publishers like Thistledown Press who are willing to collaborate with libraries on issues of eContent access and innovative initiatives like One eRead Canada. We’re asking multinational publishers to follow suit on behalf of Canadian readers by working directly with our libraries to make all titles available. Programs like one eRead Canada demonstrate the positive effect public libraries have on the publishing industry,” says Martinez.