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Libraries and E-Books: Another Publisher Makes Titles Available

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The publisher Hachette announced Wednesday that it will make its full catalog of e-books available to nonprofit libraries like the New York Public Library. The move makes it the last of the so-called "Big Six Publishers" to do so.

Publishers have been dancing around the question of whether and how to sell e-books to libraries for years, according to Mike Norris, a publishing industry analyst with Simba Information.

"On the one hand, they all recognize that libraries are very valuable places for people to learn about books and discover reading. But on the other, they want to create a genuine incentive for people to buy ebooks," he said.

According to Simba Information research, books still lag far behind their print counterparts: 44 percent of American adults bought a paperback or hardcover in 2012, but only 16 percent purchased an ebook.

The following chart shows how the Big Six publishers deal with selling e-books to libraries. 

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<td><strong>Notable books</strong></td>
<td><strong>Lending policy</strong></td>
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<td><a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/"> <strong> Random House </strong> </a></td>
<td>A Game of Thrones, The Audacity of Hope, The Shining, Beloved, The DaVinci Code</td>
<td>Libraries may lend all available e-books and audiobooks. On March 1, the publisher doubled and tripled prices on e-books for libraries. &ldquo;Eisenhower in War and Peace&rdquo; now costs $120 for a library to add to its collection, up from $40, according to the American Library Association. Amazon sells the e-book for $20. <em>Source: <a href="http://www.ala.org/news/sites/ala.org.news/files/content/StateofAmericasLibrariesReport2012.pdf"> ALA </a></em></td>
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<td><a href="http://harpercollins.com/"> <strong> HarperCollins </strong> </a></td>
<td>Going Rogue, The Alchemist, Game Change, To Kill a Mockingbird, American Gods</td>
<td>Libraries may lend all available e-books and audiobooks. After a library lends an e-book 26 times, the title disappears from its collection, but must be repurchased after 26 uses. There are no caps on audiobooks. The <a href="http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/02/ebooks/one-year-later-harpercollins-sticking-to-26-loan-cap-and-some-librarians-rethink-opposition/">Library Journal</a> reports that, as of February, no HarperCollins e-books in the New York Public Library system have reached this limit. <em>Source: HarperCollins</em></td>
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<td><a href="http://www.penguin.com/"> <strong> Penguin Group </strong> </a></td>
<td>The Grapes of Wrath, On the Road, The Witness, The Help, The Kite Runner</td>
<td>A limited number of e-books are available. Since February, Penguin has disallowed library lending of newly published titles. <em>Source: Penguin Group</em></td>
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<td><a href="http://www.macmillan.com/"> <strong> MacMillan </strong> </a></td>
<td>Ender&rsquo;s Game, Night, Freedom, Middlesex, Another Piece of My Heart, The South Beach Diet</td>
<td>Libraries may not lend the publisher&rsquo;s e-books. MacMillan does allow lending of its audio books. <em>Source: <a href="http://www.ala.org/news/sites/ala.org.news/files/content/StateofAmericasLibrariesReport2012.pdf"> ALA</a></em><a href="http://www.ala.org/news/sites/ala.org.news/files/content/StateofAmericasLibrariesReport2012.pdf"> </a></td>
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<td><a href="http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/"> <strong> Hachette </strong> </a></td>
<td>The Catcher in the Rye, Twilight, The Notebook, I Am America (And So Can You!)</td>
<td>Libraries may lend Hachette e-books published before April 2010 and all audio books. No e-books published after April 2010 are available. <em>Source: Hachette</em></td>
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<td><a href="http://www.simonandschuster.com/"> <strong> Simon and Schuster </strong> </a></td>
<td>Steve Jobs, Executive Power, Farewell to Arms, The Lost Years, The White Tiger</td>

<td>Libraries may not lend the publisher&rsquo;s e-books. Simon &amp; Schuster does allow lending of audio books. <em> Source: Simon

 

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Publisher Notable books Lending policy
Random House A Game of Thrones, The Audacity of Hope, The Shining, Beloved, The DaVinci Code Random House has always offered e-book titles to libraries. In March 2012, the publisher announced a sharp increase in the prices libraries would have to pay for e-book titles. 
HarperCollins Going Rogue, The Alchemist, Game Change, To Kill a Mockingbird, American Gods HarperCollins has always offered e-book titles to libraries. In February 2011, it announced that new titles licensed from library e-book vendors would be allowed to circulate 26 times before the license expires.
Penguin Group

The Grapes of Wrath, On the Road, The Witness, The Help, The Kite Runner

 

Penguin offered titles to libraries through e-book distributor OverDrive until February 2012. In November 2012, it extended a pilot program with two New York librarires to include libraries in Cleveland and Los Angeles. In March 2013, Penguin started offering new e-book titles to libraries without a six-month embargo previously in place. Other lending terms from the pilot are expected to continue, including a one-year expiration date on e-books licensed to libraries and library pricing similar to what is offered to individual consumers.
MacMillan Ender’s Game, Night, Freedom, Middlesex, Another Piece of My Heart, The South Beach Diet A small selection of Macmillan's e-book titles are available to libraries. It plans to offer over 1,200 backlist e-books from its Minotaur Books mystery and crime fiction imprint. Once purchased by a library, the titles will be available to them to lend for two years or 52 lends.

Hachette The Catcher in the Rye, Twilight, The Notebook, I Am America (And So Can You!)

Starting May 1, 2013, Hachette will offer all of its e-book titles to libraries at the same time as print editions. Only one library patron can have the e-book at any given time, but there is no limit on the number of downloads. The starting price is three times that of the most expensive print edition in print. After one year, the purchase price drops to one and half times the highest-price print edition.

Simon and Schuster Steve Jobs, Executive Power, Farewell to Arms, The Lost Years, The White Tiger

Simon & Schuster started a one-year pilot with New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library on April 30, 2013. A pilot program with the Queens Public Library is scheduled to start sometime in May.

Source: ALA

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