Brain Hive, a Minneapolis-based start-up which announced its e-book lending service for school libraries in June, has rolled out nationwide.
The company claims that it has a digital collection worth $100,000 from publishers like Random House and Open Road Media that school children can borrow from at the cost of $1 per checkout. The company plans on adding to the collection.
“With Brain Hive, you pay for what you use and buy just what you need. It’s an out-of-the box and creative pricing model that sets a new standard.” said Carolyn Foote, district librarian, Eanes ISD in Austin, and Brain Hive advisory team member, in a statement.
So far, nearly 100 schools across the country have registered for the service. Brain Hive can be used in schools or at home on a Web browser and works on both desktops and tablet computers.
While Brain Hive is making a library of e-books available for borrowing to school children, there isn’t as yet a mass-market e-book borrowing platform — and there won’t be for any time soon, according to industry consultant Mike Shatzkin — unless you count the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.