Digital book World is reporting that Simon & Schuster Joins Other Big Six Publishers With Library Ebook Pilot [15th April 2013]. The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library will be able to purchase from Simon & Schuster’s entire catalogue and the ebooks will be available for loan to one patron at a time, with an unlimited number of loans, for one year. Patrons will be able to purchase these books via the vendor BiblioCommons.
The ebooks will be made available using the 3M cloud library ebook lending service (as reported in 3M’s press release of 15th April 2013).
Bloomberg USA report that Penguin has “offered to overhaul pricing models for digital books” in response to a European Union antitrust investigation.
Penguin won’t “restrict, limit or impede” e-book retailers’ discounts or their ability to “set, alter or reduce retail prices for e-books” for two years, according to details of the proposed changes as published in the EU’s Official Journal today
from: Penguin Offers Changes to Settle EU E-Books Antitrust Probe 19th April 2013
The European Union had issued a statement soliciting comments from interested parties on the commitments offered by Penguin, commitments which are
substantially the same as those proposed by Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Hachette, Holtzbrinck and made legally binding by the Commission in December 2012
from: Antitrust: Commission market tests commitments proposed by Penguin for the sale of e-books 19th April 2013