Simon & Schuster Expands Library eBook Program to All US Libraries

496739855_21321c43f7_b[1]Satisfied with their year-old library ebook pilot, Simon & Schuster announced today that they were making their entire catalog of frontlist and backlist titles available as ebooks to all libraries in the US.

As with the pilot, libraries can acquire an ebook under a one-user at a time license which expires after a year. Library patrons can also buy buy S&S ebooks via the library website, earning libraries a commission on the ebook sales they generate. Continue reading

Publishers Price-Gouge Libraries, Libraries Respond by Cutting Back on the Service

BLC[1]In the consumer ebook market Amazon is a villain that tries to keep prices down, but there is no similar villain in library ebooks. As the major trade publishers have shown us time and again, publishers can jack up prices or otherwise limit services in order to try to get more revenue from libraries.

There isn’t much that libraries can do about it, but sometimes they do cancel contracts or otherwise walk away from a service which has grown to expensive. The Boston Library Consortium was recently the victim of a surprise price hike: Continue reading

OverDrive eBooks are now Compatible with Kindle FreeTime

kindle-free-time[1]The library ebook distributor OverDrive announced on Wednesday that their ebooks were now compatible with Kindle FreeTime.

Kindle FreeTime (not to be confused with the paid Kindle FreeTime Unlimited service) is a suite of parental control software that Amazon has built into the Kindle Fire Android tablets and the Kindle ebook readers. It allow parents to filter or restrict certain content to protect their kids from mature material, stop the kids from messing around with the device’s settings, and otherwise lock down one of Amazon’s devices. Continue reading

Colorado’s Statewide Library eBook Pilot Project Enters Beta Tests

Douglas 7413758502_b9b95654cb_b[1]County Libraries announced on Monday that their statewide digital library project was entering small scale pilot test.

The DCL had partnered with the Colorado Library Consortium last year to create eVoke 2.0. Using funds provided by a federal grant, the eVoke project seeks to duplicate the Douglas County Libraries’ pioneering ebook library platform and enable other library systems in Colorado to launch similar platforms. Continue reading

UK Library eBook Pilot Shows Library Loans Drive Sales

It’s 8886834883_e2e1c9651e[1]been just over a month since the Publisher’s Association launched a year long e-lending pilot in partnership with 4 libraries in the UK, and the early results are showing that ebook borrowers are also buyers. Janene Cox, the president of the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), was speaking at the London Book Fair last week when she told The Bookseller that “people who loan books, buy books”. Continue reading

Total Boox Will Make Their Pay-as-You-Read Service Free During National Library Week

In honor oftotal-boox[1] National Library Week, Total Boox announced today that their “pay-as-you-read” metered ebook platform will be completely free next week to all users.

This Israeli startup offers a catalog of over 20,000 titles from a wide variety of publishers, and next week anyone with an Android or Kindle Fire tablet, iPhone, or iPad, in the United States and around the world can download and read any of the ebooks for free. Continue reading