Even with a call for librarians to think more broadly about their e-book future, progress is progress, and in Philadephia, another large publisher announced it was expanding its library e-book lending. Beginning this year, Abrams will now make its entire frontlist available for public libraries to purchase through their respective e-book vendors.
The model will follow the standard one-copy/one-user lending model, and there will be no windowing—digital versions will be available simultaneously with the release of print editions. Libraries can license the titles for a one-year period.
“We’ve been eager to fulfill library requests for both our frontlist and backlist e-books and are thrilled to announce our program at one of the most important librarian conferences of the year,” said Michael Jacobs, Abrams president and CEO. “We look forward to sharing our digital offerings with e-readers across the country.”