Back in June HarperCollins was one of several major publishers that started distributing their ebooks and audobooks to libraries through pay-per-use services like Freading.
Now the publisher is adding another library vendor for its audiobooks. Blbioteca has announced that HarperCollins has signed a deal to distribute audiobooks through its cloudLibrary (formerly 3M Cloud Library).
Effective immediately, bibliotheca is pleased to welcome HarperCollins to its growing list of audiobook publishers participating in cloudLibrary’s pay-per-use model.
cloudLibrary launched the pay-per-use model in May of 2016. Since then, the program has been adopted by libraries world-wide, offering audiobooks from publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Hachette, Blackstone, Disney, and Scholastic. The addition of HarperCollins titles allows libraries to provide a growing array of popular content with no upfront costs.
“bibliotheca was proud to be the first to market with a pay-per-use eContent model that seamlessly works alongside purchased content” says Thomas Mercer, Director of Digital Products for bibliotheca. “Our latest agreement with HarperCollins continues our commitment to provide the best content and experiences to our customers.”
Under the pay-per-use model, libraries pay each time a patron borrows a title. Yes, it is closer to renting than borrowing, and it comes with financial issues; some libraries have had to impose usage limits to keep from exceeding their budgets.
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