As the American Library Association Annual Conference kicks off in Las Vegas, Simon & Schuster has announced that, following a “successful pilot program” in 20 select library systems, it will now open its catalog of e-books to all libraries nationwide.
“In the year since we first started our pilot, we have been delighted with the response from the participating libraries, and we believe the time is right to make our e-books available to all libraries,” said S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy in a statement. Reidy added that the library market for e-books is still evolving and credited the move to “invaluable dialogue and feedback from many individual librarians and the leadership of the American Library Association.”
S&S e-books are currently available through the 3M, Baker & Taylor and Overdrive platforms. Each title licensed by a library is usable for one year from the date of purchase, for an unlimited number of checkouts during the one-year term, on a one user/one copy model. Frontlist and backlist titles are available simultaneously with their print publication. In addition, Simon & Schuster’s e-book program includes a “Buy It Now” capability, with a portion of each patron purchase going to the library.
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SOURCE: Publishers Weekly