Bilbary Takes Next Steps in Turning Libraries Into Sales Channels
Today, Bilbary announced that it has extended this partnership to the Califa library network, a large network of libraries in California. Califa has been very active in recent months in experimenting with e-book programs.
“I want to find ways that library patrons can access the huge catalog of e-books that exist as cheaply as possible,” said Bilbary CEO Tim Coates in an email. This new service is “very simple, it costs the libraries nothing and hopefully earns them a small income and can add to the other services they offer.”
Bilbary also intends to use the service to gather information for publishers on what kinds of titles are popular among library patrons. Soon, the company will offer the service to school libraries as well.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.