An Incomplete Report on a Flawed Pilot Program Suggests that Library eBook Loans Don’t Drive Sales

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Earlier today the UK Publishers Association released a 6 month status report on the small scale library ebook lending project which had been carried on in the UK for the past 8 months. If the report is to be believed, ebook loans don't affect the lending rate for paper books, and they also don't drive sales *. I wouldn't be ...

Simon & Schuster Loosens Restrictions on Library eBook Distribution

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When Simon & Schuster expanded its library ebook distribution in June, they required all libraries who bought S&S ebooks for their collections to also add a buy button to the listings in the libraries' catalogs. Today S&S relaxed that restriction, possibly in the hopes that more libraries would carry S&S titles. The ALA announced the news today in a ...

3M Cloud Library Launches New Hardware Lending Program with the Nook Glowlight

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It looks like this is going to be a week for bad ideas, because 3M just stepped in it. I just got a press release which touts the 3M Cloud Library's new hardware lending program. This library ebook vendor was pleased to announce that their platform was now compatible with the Nook Glowlight, B&N's latest ereader. Libraries can ...

eBooks Distributed by Smashwords Now Showing up in OverDrive’s Main eBook Catalog

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Things are looking up for authors who distribute their ebooks through Smashwords and want to get them into libraries. Reports are coming in today that a handful of indie titles have escaped the self-published ghetto and are now listed in the main Over Drive catalog with all of the "regular" ebooks. Ever since OverDrive started carrying ...