Hoopla Digital and HarperCollins Disrupt Library E-Lending

As much as I would like to be able to read any library ebook without waiting, this model has some sobering implications for library finances. I have read more than a few stories about libraries having to limit Hoopla downloads for patrons mid-month because of the effect of unexpectedly high usage by patrons on the budget.

What do you think of the idea?

Copyright and Technology

An announcement this week by hoopla digital and HarperCollins augurs big changes in the ways that public libraries make e-books available. It sets the stage for realignment of the relationships between publishers and libraries, and it could have longer-term ripple effects on the entire e-book market.

For more than a decade, public libraries have been able to “lend” e-books using a certain model: the library “acquires” a title through an e-lending platform such as OverDrive; the library then has one “copy” that it can make available to patrons at a time. The platform sends each patron a DRM-protected file that allows reading for up to the library’s lending period. If one patron has the e-book “checked out” then another patron can’t read it until the period expires or the first patron “returns” it.

The library technologist Eric Hellman calls this model “Pretend It’s Print (PIP),” while the industry term…

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Kindle First Books for June 2017

Every month, Amazon allows Prime members to download one upcoming book from one of Amazon’s imprints for free. The books are chosen by Amazon’s editors. (These deals are for US customers only.)

This month’s books are:

The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson – Supernatural Thriller (FYI for sci-fi fans: Kenneth Johnson is the creator of many amazing SF TV series, such as The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Alien Nation and the V miniseries.)

Soho Dead (The Soho Series Book 1) by Greg Keen – Crime Fiction

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine – Psychological Thriller

Wives of War by Soraya M. Lane – Historical Fiction

The Man Who Could Be King: A Novel by John Ripin Miller – Biographical Fiction

Lost in Arcadia: A Novel by Sean Gandert – Dystopian Fiction

Previously, Amazon would allow you to download a second upcoming title for only $1.99. While that offer is no longer available, if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, all of these books will be available to read for free when they are released on July 1, 2017 as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Prime members can also sign up to receive a monthly e-mail announcing new Kindle First picks.