Simon & Schuster is joining the other big-six publishing houses in diving into selling ebooks to libraries for lending to patrons.
In a pilot announced today, The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library will have available to them for purchase Simon & Schuster’s entire catalog of ebooks. Each ebook will be available to be lent to patrons for one year. The ebooks will be available for borrowing one at a time for an unlimited amount of times during the year. The libraries will also offer patrons the ability to buy ebooks through the library portal through vendor BiblioCommons. Ebooks will be available to libraries as soon as they are available to customers.
“We are delighted to partner with these libraries, which have shown an extraordinary willingness to try innovative models with the potential to be a long-term solution for all involved,” said Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy in a statement. “In making our full list available we think we will get a better sense of lending patterns and patron behavior, and I am particularly eager to start seeing the actual data so that we can better understand this still-new phenomenon.”
If the pilot is successful, it will be rolled out to other libraries, according to a statement from the company. Library ebook vendor 3M will power the technology behind the pilot; 3M also powered Penguin’s similar library pilot, which was recently expanded nationwide.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc