December 2, 2015

Macmillan Ebooks Pilot on OverDrive Begins In One Week

We’ve learned that the Macmillan ebook pilot that was announced at the end of January will launch on March 1st.

Here’s Some of What OverDrive Told Library Partners in an E-Mail:

Beginning March 1, more than 1,150 eBooks from Macmillan will be available in Content Reserve as a pilot program for US public libraries. The collection of mystery and crime titles from Minotaur Books specializes in thrillers, cozy mysteries, psychological suspense, and hard-boiled crime.

As part of the pilot program, Macmillan eBooks will be available in the one copy/one user lending model for the earlier of two (2) years or 52 checkouts for $25 USD each. Titles will be purchased in the Metered Access section in Content Reserve.

The Macmillan pilot program has conditions that affect consortia. [infoDOCKET emphasis] Macmillan requires that individual libraries acquire units for their digital collection and restricts purchase for a shared collection (i.e., a consortium s collection). Individual member libraries that have an OverDrive Advantage account are permitted to purchase Macmillan eBooks for their Advantage collection.

Direct to Review Full Text of Macmillan Library Lending Terms

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