January 22, 2022

Douglas County, CO Libraries E-Book Model, Jamie LaRue Featured in Denver Post Article

Note: About a month ago, Jamie LaRue announced that he plans to leave Douglas County Libraries for the world of consulting.

From the Denver Post:

The public library system in Douglas County, where bedroom suburbs rub shoulders with century-old ranches, might seem an unlikely game-changer in the world of publishing.


The Douglas County Model was developed by Douglas County Libraries director Jamie LaRue.

LaRue operates on the notion that libraries are better off with more, not fewer books. But as the popularity of e-books increased — more than one-fifth of Douglas County Libraries’ patrons preferred e-books to print books by the end of 2012, according to an in-house survey — so did their price.


Mark Coker, who founded the independent distributor SmashWords.com, called LaRue a visionary.

Coker Continues:

The Douglas County Model doesn’t replace publishers. It offers a catalog of high-quality books, and it’s great content that’s available for library patrons.

Read the Complete Article

Additional Reading

See Also: Colorado: Jamie LaRue Leaving Director Position at Douglas County Libraries

See Also:  eBooks: An In-Depth Look at the Work of Jamie LaRue, Douglas County (Colorado) Libraries Director (June 29, 2013)

See Also: What’s the Problem with Self-Publishing? (April 13, 2013; by Josh Hadro, Library Journal)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.