eBooks: California’s Santa Clara Library District Begins to Provide Access to Episodic Fiction From JukePop’s Self-Published Authors
Here’s something different.
As you’ll read access to stories [chapters rolled-out a chapter at a time, serials or episodic fiction if you prefer] are available to anyone visiting the SCCLD web site. Free, no library card required. Today’s announcement also makes it clear that these titles are NOT part of the library’s collection. When we visited the site the chapters had to be read in your browser. Authors are rewarded each month based on votes.
Direct to JukePop via SCCLD
JukePop, the “American Idol” discovery site based on crowd sourced reading analytics, announced that it is collaborating with the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) to offer fresh and popular stories from JukePop’s self-published authors directly on the SCCLD website. With the agreement, SCCLD will finally be able to offer popular self-published authors seeking validation and exposure to their borrowers, a capability not possible heretofore.
“We engaged with JukePop to provide a library experience that is in keeping with the current reading preference of our community,” said Megan Wong, Virtual Library Manager at the Santa Clara County Library District in Campbell CA. “Our readers are increasingly embracing e-books and self-published content. Additionally, JukePop titles in the library are available to anyone coming to the Library web site, without requiring a library card.
The Library benefits from increased traffic to our site and in the process we hope we’re reaching a new set of borrowers, those interested in self-published content but may not be aware of the library’s extensive e-book offerings.”
With the JukePop-SCCLD collaboration, the library engages directly with JukePop’s self-published authors with no intermediary. Adding JukePop content to the library website required little change to the Library’s existing platform. Furthermore, the content coming from JukePop has already been curated by the extensive reader analytics that all JukePop titles undergo. The library receives titles that readers have shown a clear inclination to read and to refer to their social community.
JukePop content is not a part of the SCCLD collection. All questions, concerns, and challenges regarding content will be referred to JukePop.
About Gary Price
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. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.