Macmillan Pilot Program Pushes E-Books Into Libraries

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News Posted: Sun, Jan 27 2013 12:46 AM
Libraries may feel like an item of a past era, and books themselves are already starting to feel a little antiquated. It's an Internet-driven world, and e-books are slowly but surely taking the place of many hardcovers. The education world has caught on in the past few years, and many students already have the option of getting their new books in digital format. Macmillan, a huge name in the publishing sector, has recently launched a pilot program that'll sell e-books to public libraries, perhaps breathing fresh life into buildings that have no doubt seen fewer feet walking through the doors.

The new initiative will include around 1,200 titles from the Minotaur imprint, and all titles will have the same digital list price. Andrew Martin, Publisher of Minotaur, said in a statement, “The libraries have always been great supporters of the Minotaur publishing program and a critical mainstay of the category. I am delighted that our books will be the entry of Macmillan into library e-lending.”

Reportedly, Macmillan will distribute the books using the agency model, working with distributors like OverDrive, 3M Cloud, and Axis 360 in order to push these at around $25 a pop. After a library purchases one, it can be made available for 2 years or 52 circulations -- whichever of those comes first. Considering that this is just a pilot, there's no clear path for expansion into other libraries, or with other imprints. But, there's no doubt that's interesting, and it could very well energize your local library in due time. Something tells us Barnes & Noble or Amazon will be following suit soon in order to get e-readers into those very same places.
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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jan 27 2013 6:59 PM

Artificially removing a book from a library after 2 years is reprehensible. Digital copies don't degrade. The publishers just want to be able to sell the same thing over and over to the same customer with no new work on their own part.

There won't be any need for Fahrenheit 451; the government will be able to simply force the publisher to stop selling it, and it will disappear.

But, the best part will be when you see the new paragraphs Anonymous adds to the books on your child's required reading list.

Let's all just support Project Gutenberg, and fight against Disney for copyright reform, instead:

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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