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.
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.
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.
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