Since 2004, I have published books on the Publisher Populi, and then I entered into an agreement with overbibliotekaren at Esbjerg Library, that the library buy a copy of each of my books.
- It has worked very well until recently, where I sent the message about 3 new releases.
Ethos and logos I have written which is inspired by the Corona-the crisis and how it affects us. 'Total releases' is what I have written through the years, and The country are written by Otto Gelsted and annotated, and illustrated by me, says Lars Ulrik Thomsen
- From the library I got the message, that one would only buy the one.
- It is I perceive as a breach of the agreement.
- therefore, I would encourage you to make the library aware that they must comply with the agreements.
this is the sound of the first sentences in the letter writer and forlagsejer Lars Ulrik Thomsen of Esbjerg has sent to the Parliament and to the nation! the
Lars has subsequently written several mails to the nation! and Extra Leaf to follow up on what he believes is an example of censorship - and today Esbjerg Library the answer to the questions the nation! sent.
The answer you can see below - John's letter continues namely as follows:
- the Censorship is spreading in all areas of life; the printed and electronic press, in the libraries, in the public debate on the social media, etc.
- It is a dangerous development that breaks with the elementary rights.
- I see the library's decision, both as a break with Bibliotekslovens § 2, Constitution § 77, writes Lars T, of the nation! reports that the 16 year old agreement was oral, and that the book the library would like to buy in this game called: 'Ethos and logos', while the titles, they will not buy is called 'Total releases from 1998 - 2020' and 'The country'.
Esbjerg Municipality constituted bibliotekschef Karin Grøndahl Sørensen posted this reply:
Thank you for your inquiry. We would of course like to answer your questions regarding the Esbjerg Municipality's Libraries ' purchase of books from the Publisher Populi.
Why will you only buy one of the three recent books from Populi, when there now is an agreement to buy a copy of all their new books?
- We are not aware of an agreement that Esbjerg Municipality's Libraries need to buy 1 copy of all the publisher's books.
- I have been materialechef for libraries in the last 10 years, and it is not a deal, I have heard, just as Lars Ulrik Thomsen never have shown us the agreement, which he believes to have with us.
According to the Biblioteksloven the following applies:
Folkebibliotekernes objective will be achieved through the quality, versatility and topicality by selection of the material made available. In the selection must only these criteria, not in the material contained religious, moral or political views, be critical.
- It means that our work consists in selecting, and thus also opt among the materials published. When we must choose from the quality, versatility and topicality, we can not buy anything from a publisher outside to assess the content of each title.
- In the concrete situation, we have opted out of the two books, because one is a re-release from 1942 with new comments on Fyn, while the other is a cd-rom collection with all the publications from the publishing house, and we buy virtually no cd-rom anymore, since they are not available, and we already have almost all of the publisher's publications in book form.
How many loans have been of the books from Populi the past year – like distributed on the number of patrons?
- We have a total of 64 books from the publisher, and they have overall been lent 46 times in the last year. It is only 20 of these books that have been borrowed in the course of the last year.
- We can not draw the number of patrons, because we must not save the borrower id longer than 30 days after finishing the 'udlånsforretning' – that is, after the delivery and evs. settlement of fees.
In agreements with other publishers that I always buy a copy of their books?
We have no agreements with other publishers to buy a copy of all their releases. It will cf. the answer to question 1 be in conflict with the library object, writes Karin Grøndahl Sørensen to the nation!, but what are you thinking?