For the first time since 1977, no fiction piece was awarded a prize. Nominated by the jurors as finalists were Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, Karen Russell‘s Swamplandia! and David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. But the board, which consists of 18 voting members and reads all the final entries, couldn’t agree on a winner—a majority vote is needed.
Sadly, unlike a regular person, a library cannot pay Amazon or Barnes & Noble for an eBook and then lend it out to people. We can buy a printed book from these companies, stick it on the shelf, and lend it out–but digital content is treated differently by the publishers and the companies who manage digital content licensing. We desperately want to offer you these eBooks. But the companies won’t let us. As your library, we commit to continuing advocacy for change in these policies.
For more info and to see who to contact, please see bit.ly/noebooks