January 27, 2022

Collaboration in Canada: Public Libraries in Nova Scotia Expand Collection of Ebooks by Local Authors

From the Province of Nova Scotia:

The Nova Scotia Provincial Library, Halifax Public Libraries, and the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association have collaborated to provide greater access to the region’s ebooks through a project called Read Local.

2015-08-30_15-11-17“This innovative project puts hundreds of Atlantic Canadian authored and published ebooks onto Nova Scotia library users’ devices,” said Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Tony Ince.

Twelve regional publishers have signed agreements with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library and Halifax Public Libraries to provide free access to the ebooks for library users. The agreement can also be used to allow libraries to purchase new ebooks and to build relationships with additional publishers in the future.

Outside of Quebec, this is the first provincewide agreement of its kind between libraries and locally based publishers.

More than 600 new ebooks are available across the province. The titles are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, and cover a range of subjects for primarily adult readers. A selection of works appealing to young readers, including some French titles, is also available.

Learn More About the Read Local Project

See Also: Expanded Initiative Brings Free Samples of E-Books by Quebec Authors to Montreal-Trudeau Airport (April 2, 2015)

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.