ALA welcomes Simon & Schuster change to Buy It Now program

Simon & Schuster has recently announced that it will allow libraries to opt into the ‘Buy it Now’ program. The publisher began offering all of its ebook titles for library lending in June 2014, with libraries required to display a ‘Buy it Now’ link, which allows library users to purchase titles directly from the publisher rather than check it out from the library.

The American Library Association President Coutrney Young has welcome the announcement:

“We appreciate that Simon & Schuster is modifying its library ebook program to provide libraries a choice in whether or not to participate in Buy It Now. Providing options like these allow libraries to enable digital access while also respecting local norms or policies.

The full press release on the ALA website is available here.

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Simon & Schuster Joins Other Big Six Publishers With Library Ebook Pilot

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).