A Guide to Ebook Licenses Purchase Models for Libraries and Publishers

Today’s recommended resource is “Free Guide to Ebook Licensing for Public Libraries and Publishers” from Publishing Perspectives.

The main purpose of our new report, “Ebook Licensing Guide for Public Libraries and Publishers,” resulting from the collaboration between Publishing Perspectives, the leading international book publishing news and opinion magazine; Bookwire, a platform specializing in the worldwide distribution of more than 100,000 ebooks and audiobooks of more than 1.000 publishers from around the world, and, a company specializing in the development of digital business models, is to provide professionals in the book world with a broader insight into the numerous opportunities offered by new ebook licensing models and to dissipate any doubts or preconceived ideas in relation to those models.

Source: Free resource for libraries: A Guide to Ebook Licenses Purchase Models for Libraries and Publishers

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Penguin Random House Ebook Terms of Sale for Libraries


News via Library Journal

Penguin Random House today announced a new unified, companywide terms of sale (TOS) policy for ebook licenses sold to public, school, and other libraries working with approved ebook vendors in the United States and Canada. Effective January 1, 2016, all Penguin and Random House adult and children’s frontlist and backlist ebook titles will be available under the one-ebook, one-user, no loan cap perpetual licensing model that has long been employed by Random House.

Source: Penguin Random House Announces New Ebook Terms of Sale for Libraries


50% of adults own a tablet computer or ereader

Pew reports: “The rise of e-book reading is tied to the steady increase in ownership of tablet computers and e-readers. 50% of adults now own either a tablet computer or an e- reader. Ownership of both devices jumped this year during the holiday gift-giving season. But people also read e-books on their cell phones (32% of e-book readers did that in the past 12 months) and on desktop or laptop computers (29% of e-book readers did that in the past 12 months).”

From the full report: “Three in ten adults read an e-book last year; half own a tablet or e-reader.”

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69% read printed books

Pew reports: “E-book reading is growing, but printed books still dominate the reading world. 28% of American adults ages 18 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 17% in 2011. Still, 69% read a printed book, about the same as last year. Only 4% of readers are “e-book only” readers. The vast majority of e-book readers also read a printed book.”

However, it’s important to note that “print remains the foundation of Americans’ reading habits.”

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Sell classic ebooks with customized covers

It turns out that you can now sell your own copies of classic books with your custom-designed covers. PaidContent reports that a new initiative from from DailyLit/Plympton, the Harvard Book Store and the Creative Action Network will let people create their own covers for public-domain books which can then be sold in print and digital. The initiative is called Recovering Classics.


Links, posts and stories you may have missed: May 9

Children’s Ebooks

Looking for a source of children’s ebooks… for free? One of the American Library Association blogs has a great post with resources to get your started. “Where to Download Classic Children’s Books for Free.” Resources include:

Digital Public Library

In case you missed it, the Digital Public Library launched on April 18. “The DPLA is leading the first concrete steps toward the realization of a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all.” You can find it at

Recommended reading, “Digital Public Library of America will launch on April 18.”


Free ebook: NYPL turns 100

Just came across this in the Kindle Store: Know the Past, Find the Future: The New York Public Library at 100

Currently priced as FREE!

Editorial Review, as posted on Amazon:

From Laurie Anderson to Vampire Weekend, Roy Blount, Jr., to Renée Fleming, Stephen Colbert to Bill T. Jones-more than 100 luminaries reflect on the treasures of America’s favorite public library.Marking the centennial of The New York Public Library’s Beaux-Arts landmark at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, now called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Know the Past, Find the Future harnesses the thoughts of an eclectic assortment of notable people as they ponder an even more eclectic assortment of objects. From among the Library’s vast collections, these writers, artists, philosophers, scientists, musicians, athletes, architects, choreographers, and journalists-as well as some of the curators who have preserved these riches-each select an item and describe its unique significance. The result, in words and photographs, is a glimpse of what a great library can be.Published by Penguin Classics for The New York Public Library

For free! How can you go wrong?

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