Simon & Schuster and New York City Public Libraries Partner for Ebook Pilot Program
"This is a path breaking step that will ensure thatas ebook readership grows our citizens can enjoy access to books akin to what the library has always provided," says New York Public Library President Tony Marx. "Publishers win by growing their audienc eand readers win with more ebooks to borrow."
“Our fundamental mission as a public library is expanding access to knowledge. Our new partnership with Simon & Schuster will help us accomplish just that by dramatically increasing the number of ebooks we offer. We are thrilled to be working with one of the largest and most well-regarded publishers, and look forward to making available ebooks from all of their imprints to the many Brooklynites who wish to read them,” said Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library.
“As our users increasingly turn to digital media, public libraries need to be poised and ready to serve their needs with a range of digital materials including ebooks and loanable e-readers,” said Queens Library President and CEO Thomas W. Galante. “This bold new program is an important step in the right direction. It not only gives our customers access to some of the hottest titles; it also offers an innovation to allow patrons to purchase titles and support the library at the same time. It’s a win for everyone.”
For The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Library, 3M will support the lending of Simon & Schuster titles and BiblioCommons will power the purchase experience. Baker & Taylor will support both the lending and the purchase experience for Queens Library.
ABOUT SIMON & SCHUSTER
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com