Sunday, June 29, 2014

More new and old ebooks coming to libraries

Great news for readers with ereaders: Simon & Schuster is making its books available for public library lending nationwide, free for one year.   There will be no cap on the number of times a particular eBook is checked out.   According to the (S&S release PDF):
All of Simon & Schuster's frontlist and backlist titles that are available as ebooks are eligible for the program, with new titles being made available simultaneous with their publication.

Simon & Schuster has more than 10,000 ebooks in its backlist although it's not clear which will be eligible for the library lending program.

The S&S library lending announcement also included news of an "innovative business model":

In order to help support libraries, and for the convenience of patrons who might not want to wait until a popular new title is available, Simon & Schuster's ebook program includes a 'Buy It Now' capability, which gives the patron the option to purchase a copy of Simon & Schuster eBooks through a library's online portal, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale going to the library.

To take advantage of this new and improved reading opportunity, get a DC Public Library card.   Learn more about getting a card.

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