Penguin & 3M Cloud Library Launch New Pilot Program With the NYPL

About 3 months ago Penguin and 3M announced that they would soon have a new library ebook pilot program running in the New York Public Library System. That pilot was supposed to be up and running in August, but due to unstated delays the pilot only formally launched today.

No reason was given for the delays, but 3M seemed thrilled to finally be up and running, “The 3M team is excited to be connecting New York and Brooklyn Public Library patrons with digital content from Penguin,” said Matt Tempelis, global business manager, 3M Cloud Library. “We’re pleased to provide innovative technology that allows libraries and publishers to simply and efficiently offer readers the best content.”

During the pilot program Penguin will license their eBooks to the NYPL on a yearly license. The titles will only become available six months after initial publication, and if a library wishes to keep a title for over a year they will have to renew it via the 3M Cloud Library. Library patrons will be able to access the collection via the NYPL website or via the 3M Cloud Library apps for Windows, Android, and iOS. 3M and Penguin expect to make Penguin content available to all 3M Cloud Library partners by the end of the year.

I've looked over the 3M collection at the NYPL and it seems rather limited. I can only count around 80 or so titles - far less than the complete back list which was implied when this pilot was announced back in June.

So Penguin ebooks are back in libraries. Yippee.

Being a library ebook advocate, I am less than pleased. This pilot demonstrates that Penguin is more aligned with Hachette, which recently raised ebook prices, or Random House, which raised prices back in March, than they are with their customers.

But I suppose it is better than the complete refusal to sell ebooks to libraries, which was Penguin's previous position as of February 2012.

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. 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.

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