We are very happy to announce that eBook selection will soon expand rapidly for ELPL patrons. In the last few weeks two major publishers, Simon & Schuster and Hachette, have agreed to allow libraries access to their catalog of eBooks. This means that all six of the Big Six publishers (Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, HarperCollins, Random House and Simon & Schuster) now allow libraries fair
access to purchase their titles. Previously libraries were limited to a very small number of titles from a small number of publishers. This severely limited the selection of eBooks that we were able to provide to patrons.
The rules and practices of eBooks for libraries are byzantine and confusing. This article by Anthony W. Marx which appeared in the NY Times on May 1
does a wonderful job of explaining the confusion of the last few years. And while he applauds the publishers recent decisions for more fairness and equity he also, rightly so, calls them to task for their part in creating a very confusing landscape for libraries, library users and the publishers themselves.
When should you, as an eBook user, see an expanded selection? Very soon, with selection continuing to expand over the next year. ELPL patrons have access to eBooks from two catalogs - Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library. Having access to two eContent collections is important because only 3M has deals with all six of the Big Six. All of our eBooks from both collections, as well as all our print books, DVDs, audiobooks and music are all listed in our online catalog
. It remains your best bet for browsing all that the library has to offer.
Here are some easy links to get you started: