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Allegany County (MD), Brazoria County (TX), and The Ferguson Library, Stamford (CT) Join Westchester Library System (NY) To Offer Total BooX Service
May 28, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv)—Total BooX is pleased to announce the expansion of its service in U.S. libraries, which officially launched in late 2013 with Westchester Library System in New York. Three more libraries will now provide the revolutionary ebook service to their patrons, including Allegany County Library System (ACLS), MD, Brazoria County Library System (BCLS), TX, and The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT.
“Ours is the only platform that allows libraries to pay for the value received, while giving patrons instant and perpetual access. This is a major shift,” said Total BooX Founder Yoav Lorch when the service debuted at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January 2014. Since then, the Israeli company has expanded its operations in the United States to include representatives on the East and West coasts.
“I have worked with several public library-oriented ebook services and have never seen libraries adopt a new system this quickly,” said Peyton Stafford , VP of Library Services at Total BooX. “Our‘ digital native’ model is what libraries need now to deal with many unresolved ebook issues.”
“We are excited about dramatically expanding our ebook collection with Total BooX, as there is no big upfront cost and no annual platform fee,” said Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at The Ferguson Library. “We love the idea of paying only for what library users actually read.” John Taube, Director of ACLS, also sees this as one of key benefits: “We are able to provide easy-to-use and widespread access to the entire collection while only paying for what patrons read.”
This is how Total BooX seeks to change the ebook game: whether patrons read online or offline and whether they read one page or an entire book, the cost to the library always reflects how much they’ve read. Total BooX’ state-of-the-art monitoring system keeps track of patron reading and helps libraries allocate budgets wisely while gaining valuable insight into their communities’ interests.
“The pay-per-page approach could be the answer,” said Tom West, Adult Coordinator at Brazoria, “We need a model that goes beyond “one-copy, one-user” and doesn’t rely on the size of the population served to determine the cost to libraries.”
Total BooX is also the sponsor of a major discussion on ebooks at the 2014 ALA conference in Las Vegas. Its panel,“ Leading with Ebooks: New Strategies for Librarians and Publishers,” will take place on Sunday June 29th in Room N252 at 3:30 p.m. and feature leaders from all corners of the industry with a proven record of testing new services in libraries and exploring new possibilities with ebooks.
Total BooX is exhibiting in Las Vegas at Booth 2254.
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About Total BooX, Ltd.
Based in Israel, with representatives in the United States and Europe, Total BooX is led by a team of entrepreneurs with backgrounds in publishing, technology, and libraries. With its innovative e-book service, Total BooX aims to change the way libraries provide access to digital content and to eliminate the frustrations they have faced with ebooks: lack of instant access, prohibitive cost, and inferior user experience. Total BooX’ fair-for-all business model puts libraries in the driver seat, allows them to set the annual budget, keep track of patrons’ activities, gain insight into their reading interests, and pay only for the content read. Through the process, publishers and authors are compensated fairly and patrons’privacy is never compromised. For information on how to implement Total BooX in libraries, visit www.totalboox.com/libraries.