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Publishing A Book At Your Local Library?


Imagine walking into your library and, not only being able to borrow e-books, but also being able to have an e-edition of your own book published.

And, of course, your book would then be available for sale at venues such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Sony, as well as for loan from the library.

I’ve written something like 14 posts about libraries and you can read them by clicking on the word library in the Top Tags section of the side-bar; but wait, why not just click right >> here :-)

Some of those posts mention the difficulty libraries are having providing e-books to their patrons.

Well, Califa, a consortium of 220 California libraries, and The State Library of Kansas have forged a deal with Smashwords. The Library Journal, in its publication, The Digital Shift, explains the deal.

What I want to share in this post are some comments, from that last-linked article, from Mark Coker, the CEO of Smashwords:

“Other publishers think libraries are cannibalistic, but our folks are much more progressive. This project further expands the availability and accessibility of our books; it helps our authors and publishers to connect with readers, and libraries are real important to that mission.”

“The big New York publishers are treating libraries like second-class citizens, so I see this as a real exciting opportunity for indie authors to move in and serve the needs of libraries.”

“This is a chance for local patrons to publish into the library, and authors who are hungry to promote books would love to see their books in the local library and share their knowledge with the local community. This is an opportunity to promote a culture not just of reading but of authorship.”

So Good idea?

Think this will send a message to the Traditional Publishers that they’d best deal equitably with libraries?

Wishing your library system would adopt a similar program?

And, I’d also love to know what your local library is doing about e-books
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4 responses to “Publishing A Book At Your Local Library?

  1. martinaseveckepohlen June 29, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Our local library has advanced to bar codes around 2010. My daughter who is a passionate reader has shown me the slips of paper at the back of her borrowed books. The latest stamps are from 2010. The bar code system means that the library belongs to the library consortium of Lower Saxony, the part of Germany where we live. You can log into your account, look at the catalogue of books, order them and so an. Our university library offered this service in 1989. 25% of local libraries offer lending facilities for e-books. Since book prices are fixed they pay exactly what any reader pays. Just last week the national association of publishers has started an online network specially for the discussion of how book stores can offer lending and buying facilities for e-books. Only 9% of bookstores offer e-books, and according to the latest survey only 7% are thinking about implementing e-books in 2013. Therefore the tradtional publishing houses are afraid that when e-books become more popular bookstores will lose customers to online retailers and have to give up business. Members of the publishers’ network are asked to contribute ideas. As only 56 people have registered I don’t expect the discussion to be be lively. Yet, after only one week there is time …

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    • Alexander M Zoltai June 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

      You paint a very different picture from the U. S. situation, Martina.

      Perhaps, the same problems we have will happen in Germany; but, I feel they have at least an equal chance of working out much differently…

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  2. Barbara Blackcinder June 30, 2012 at 9:13 am

    The Digital Shift, from The Library Journal, is a terrific link. It’s intentions and expectations are exciting and likely to become dramatic for E-publishing. Thanks Alex.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai June 30, 2012 at 11:16 am

      You’re welcome, Barbara.

      Digital Shift is rather new to me and could provide reason for quite a few more blog posts :-)

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