A pilot begun last month by Penguin to sell its e-books to the New York and Brooklyn public libraries is expected to roll out nationwide by year end, according to a statement from the library e-book vendor, 3M.
In a statement late yesterday, 3M officially announced that Penguin would be using its Cloud Library product for the task. Penguin has not yet confirmed the development to Digital Book World.
Penguin will join Random House and HarperCollins as publishers from among the largest in the country that sell their e-books to libraries. The Penguin program, like that of the other two, will likely not be without its restrictions. For the pilot, Penguin is only making its e-books available six months after they initially went on sale and then for a year license, at which point librarians will have the option to renew – for a fee, one supposes.
So, no No Easy Day at your public library until February or March.
Librarians have bristled at such restrictions in the past, but we guess that they’d rather have the option to buy Penguin e-books, restrictions or no, versus the alternative – no options at all.
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