NASHVILLE -- The American Library Association is asking the public to help pressure Macmillan Publishers to rethink a planned embargo on e-books purchases by public libraries.

The publishing house recently announced that it will allow library systems to purchase only a single electronic copy of its new releases during the first eight weeks after publication. The embargo is set to begin Nov. 1.

In a letter announcing the policy, Macmillan Chief Executive John Sargent said e-book library lending is growing rapidly and hurting sales.

Library Association Executive Director Mary Ghikas announced the E-Books For All campaign and petition drive in Nashville on Wednesday during the Digital Book World conference.

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