Simon & Schuster has debuted new license terms for library ebooks. Where the publisher used to charge libraries an above the consumer market price for an expiring one-year license, it's now also offering a two-year license for 50% more. OverDrive says that the program is being tested with a limited selection of titles: For new purchases, libraries will now have an option to select from over 550 eBook titles for either the current one-year lending term, or a new two-year term, with the second year being 50% off. For example, Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After is available for a one year price at $12.99, or for a two-year term for $19.49. eBooks offered with this new two-year option include fiction and nonfiction best-sellers, front list releases, and engaging fixed-layout EPUB titles for children and young readers. You can view the full collection here. FYI: That ebook can be found in the Kindle Store for $10. S&S is not the only publisher to overcharge libraries. As we can see from Douglas County Libraries' Monthly eBook Price Report, libraries routinely pay more than consumers. Hachette and Random House sell ebooks at a steep markup, while Penguin and HarperCollins sell ebooks under an expiring license, but Macmillan takes [...]
This evening's #uklibchat is on ebooks and thinking about it I realised I'm a bit behind the times with what is happening in the world of ebooks. As a solo librarian in a small library with, until a couple of months ago, no library management system and with no access management system I hadn't really…
Alyson Tyler's insight:
Good brief summary of current e-book library things to consider (UK)
Press Release: BiblioCommons partners with Penguin Random House to expand ebook offerings. BiblioCommons announced that it has expanded its eBook offerings through a new agreement with Penguin Random House. The agreement will add over 38,000 eBook titles to those already available to libraries through the BiblioDigital eBook acquisitions platform.
After years of expressing concern about the potential impact that library lending might have on consumer sales, major publishers have good cause to take another look at the library market for ebooks, according to executives from library ebook distributors OverDrive, 3M, and Baker & Taylor. With consumer sales growth slowing, bolstering institutional sales will likely become more of a priority for major publishers. OverDrive CEO Steve Potash noted that publishers, like all for-profit companies, are always looking for growth, and
Our next #uklibchat will be on Tuesday, 6th October from 6:30-8:30 and our topic is the changing nature of the ebook and its economy. Come and share perspectives, insights and advice. The agenda is now available, so please feel free to add your own questions. Rachel Cutts from non-profit publisher CABI will be joining us for the uklibchat, adding an exciting new perspective to…
hoopla signed California State University-San Bernardino as the first library in its pilot program for academic libraries. The nearly 20,000 students at San Bernardino and the Palm Desert campus get free, exclusive access to hoopla's catalog of more than 380,000 movies, music albums, ebooks, videos, audiobooks, and comics when they use their school Coyote ID on the hoopla app or website.
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