May 18, 2022

Toronto Public Library’s “Buy a Book” Program Adds Kobo as a Retail Partner

From Quill & Quire:

The Toronto Public Library has expanded its retail affiliate program to include digital titles from Kobo.

Patrons can now purchase ebooks directly from Kobo through linked pages on For each ebook purchased, TPL receives a portion of sales, which goes toward funding special collections and services.


According to TPL communications spokesperson Ana-Maria Critchley, 509 items have been purchased to date.

TPL’s “Buy a Book” Program launched on March 6, 2013.

See Also:  Canada: Two Librarians From Vancouver on Why Libraries Should Sell Books (July 9, 2013) 

See Also:  A New Zealand Public Library Partners With Kobo and Begins Selling Ereaders and Tablets (June 25, 2013)

See Also: Wall St. Journal Reports on Libraries Who are Selling Print and Ebooks (June 15, 2013)

See Also: Ottawa Public Library Wants Readers to Buy Books Through Library Website (March 6, 2013)

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