From The Bookseller:
Collaboration between libraries and publishers in the only way forwards, panelists argued at The Bookseller’s FutureBook conference today [November 21, 2013 in London].
Jonas Lennermo, chief content officer at Swedish print and e-book publisher and distributor Publit, described how the company had created the Atingo scheme as a way of bringing libraries and publishers in Sweden closer together.
He added: “Our key ideas are to treat e-books not as a product, but as a service. They are not objects, they are not physical, they are just digital files. We see it almost as a rental service . . . then publishers can see libraries as a retail channel.”
Nick Stopforth, head of libraries at Doncaster, and chair of the Society of Chief Librarians digital group, said: “I can see a new model of understanding between libraries and publishers. They bring their authors and experience and content, and we bring our userbase.”