TODAY: Simon & Schuster Launches Ebook Pilot Program

Today, Simon & Schuster announced (pdf) the launch of a one-year ebook pilot program with three New York library systems. In response to the news, American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement: “We are pleased Simon & Schuster has recognized the vital roles of libraries in supporting reading in all its formats by announcing a library e-lending ... Read More »

Penguin revisits library pilot terms

From the E-Content blog: Penguin Group USA revealed today that it will remove the six-month embargo on ebook titles licensed to libraries and instead offer new titles immediately after they are released in the consumer market. Other pilot terms are expected to continue, including a one-year expiration date on ebooks licensed to libraries and library pricing similar to what is ... Read More »

From Michigan to the Capital

This week, we say farewell to University of Michigan students Claire Abraham and Jonathan Davidson, two graduate students who traveled to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office for one week to learn about information-related fields as part of the university’s School of Information Alternative Spring Break program. While in D.C., Abraham and Davidson conducted background research on ebook lending ... Read More »

15 essential ebook license terms for libraries

To help libraries navigate through the ebook environment, the American Library Association (ALA) released today “The Business Model Scorecard,” (pdf) a report that examines specific variables often seen in library ebook license contracts (Download the pdf report). The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG), can be used by librarians to weigh ebook ... Read More »

Today: Macmillan Readies for Library Ebook Lending Market

Today, on the eve of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Macmillan Publishers announced that it will enter the library e-book lending market (with a pilot program) by March 2013. Read the Macmillan press release for more details. In response to the announcement, ALA President Maureen Sullivan immediately released the following statement: “I am so pleased Macmillan Publishers ... Read More »