November 27, 2015

Ebooks: Simon & Schuster Library Ebook Pilot Expands Into Canada

The Simon and Schuster ebook pilot that began in April at the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library has expanded and is now available at a public library in Canada.

About a week ago the trial got underway at the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) with 2,000 titles available to cardholders.

Library users can borrow the ebooks for three weeks and/or purchase the titles using a “Buy it Now” link. Proceeds from sales will be used by EPL for various projects.

From EPL:

“We were delighted to have EPL as a lead partner in piloting a simpler eBook lending and reading service – EPL has been a pioneer in bringing innovative user-focused technology into the library,” said Patrick Kennedy, BiblioCommons co-founder and president. “We are also thrilled to be working with EPL to bring Simon and Schuster eBooks into a Canadian public library for the first time.”

You can learn more about the pilot here.

Clicking this link will let you browse titles/bib records for the 2,000 Simon and Schuster ebook titles the Edmonton Public Library currently offers to users.

UPDATE: OverDrive has just announced that 15,000 ebook titles from Penguin are now available to Canadian library partners.

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