3M’s new digital library is designed to lend ebooks and e-readers

3M Library Systems (they make electronic equipment for libraries) have announced a new digital library platform. It;s called the 3M Cloud Library, and it has 2 publishers already signed up so far, Random House and IPG. They expect to announce more publishers shortly.

I just got off the phone with the head of marketing and he cleared up a few points from the press release. This is going to be an integrated system with apps, in-library terminals, as well as an ereader. It will be using Adobe DRM and it will work with Sony, Nook, and other ereaders.

I particularly want to point out that it works with other ereaders because I was slightly confused by the “cloud” label.  They’re calling it a cloud because they want it to be easy to use. But you can read the ebooks offline.

I couldn’t get a picture of the ereader (it’s still under development), but they do have a partner and they are working on one. It’s going to be integrated with with the 3M system which should make it a lot easier for libraries to lend the device and load ebooks on to it.

So far they have 2 publishers already signed up, Random House and IPG, and they expect to announce more publishers shortly.

Update: After I posted this a librarian I know asked about the cost. I don’t know because the cost of the system and the hardware has not been set.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Mike Cane20 May, 2011

    Wait… another frikkin eBook device? One of those 3 Ms now stands for Madness.

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