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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…

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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…

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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…


Today: Macmillan Readies for Library Ebook Lending Market

ALA President Maureen Sullivan
ALA President Maureen Sullivan

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 is beginning to sell e-books to America’s libraries so that we may connect their authors and our readers in the digital age. This is a welcome acknowledgment of our advocacy and the importance of the library market. We have always known that library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books, with the library serving as a critical de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors and publishers.

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