The Douglas County Libraries (Colorado) have been working on a project to purchase eBooks direct from publishers and locally load them on an Adobe Content Server. The titles are then loaned to patrons for use on their personal devices or computers. To date they are working with 8 publishers (listed below). Dzanc Books is the latest partner. To hear more about their project, listen to an audio interview with Jordana Vincent, Collection Development Librarian, Douglas County Libraries (11/11).
From the 1/11/12 Press Release: DCL and Dzanc join forces for eContent
Douglas County Libraries and Dzanc Books have joined forces to allow for library purchase of eBooks from Dzanc Books. Dzanc Books is the first nonprofit publisher to join DCL’s eBook purchasing experiment, and is a champion of literature and writing.
The partnership is the eighth of its kind for DCL and effectively replicates the model by which libraries purchase print materials, applying it to electronic content. Prior to such innovative partnerships, libraries could only license eBooks, not purchase them outright.
Dzanc’s catalog currently boasts 54 adult fiction books, with several dozen forthcoming in early 2012. “Dzanc Books is extremely happy to be partnering with Douglas County Libraries in this way,” said Lisa Hickman, Dzanc’s sales manager. “DCL’s forward thinking will ensure that its readers continue to have access to great books in every format.”
“Libraries let their patrons sample lots of things, and build up their habits of reading, listening and watching,” said Jamie LaRue, director of Douglas County Libraries. “In this way, libraries also encourage materials purchases. Library-publisher partnerships make sense for authors and consumers, as well as for the partners.”
LaRue added, “More than two million people a year visit our catalog looking for books. We help create a larger market for stories and ideas in all formats.”
The Dzanc Books agreement follows similar partnerships between Douglas County Libraries and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Gale/Cengage Learning, Lerner Digital, Marshall Cavendish, Independent Publishers Group, ABDO Publishing Group and BookBrewer.
Douglas County Libraries is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. It will continue to grow its eContent partnerships for the benefit of its patrons throughout 2012. For more information, visit DouglasCountyLibraries.org.
Dzanc Books is a nonprofit organization that publishes innovative literary fiction, supports several literary journals and advocates for creative writing and literature through education. For more information, visit www.dzancbooks.org.
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