November 25, 2020

eBooks: One of 3M’s Hometown Newspapers Takes a Look at 3M Cloud Library

3M’s World HQ is located in the Twin Cities and a new article published by a TwinCities.com/Pioneer Press reports on 3M Cloud Library’s “underdog battle” with OverDrive including the upcoming releases of a new Cloud Library apps (Android and iOS) and the overall availability of ebooks from 3M and OverDrive in MSP area libraries.

The complete article runs 858 words and includes an embedded video of 3M Cloud Library team members promoting the service on an area ligh rail train earlier today.

Here are a Few Passages From the Article:

St. Paul library patrons in 2013 checked out OverDrive books at a rate of about 9,000 a month, compared with 3,000 3M Cloud Library titles a month, said John Larson, Digital Library Manager at the St. Paul Public Library.

In 2014, Larson said, that gap narrowed a bit with 10,000 OverDrive books checked out a month on average compared with 4,600 3M Cloud Library books.

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The St. Paul Public Library pays $10,000 a year to use 3M Cloud Library, and in 2013 it spent $75,000 to buy Cloud Library titles for St. Paul patrons. For OverDrive, the St. Paul Public Library pays $15,000 a year but gets a $5,000 credit for purchasing content. In 2013, the library’s content buys totaled about $125,000.

The St. Paul Public Library pays $10,000 a year to use 3M Cloud Library, and in 2013 it spent $75,000 to buy Cloud Library titles for St. Paul patrons. For OverDrive, the St. Paul Public Library pays $15,000 a year but gets a $5,000 credit for purchasing content. In 2013, the library’s content buys totaled about $125,000.

Read the Complete Article

See Also: Coming Soon: New Version of OverDrive’s Mobile App Will Not Require Adobe Authorization (August 27, 2014)

See Also: Minneapolis-St.Paul Area Public Library Systems Launching Ebook Sharing Project (September 13, 2013)

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.

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