Amazon Ebooks Come to Public Libraries

For the first time, ebooks and audio books from Amazon Publishing will be available to patrons of public libraries, thanks to an agreement reached in May between Amazon and Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). DPLA had previously made agreements with more than 1,000 publishers to offer ebooks and audio books using the SimplyE app, developed by the New York Public Library. The agreement with Amazon will make about 10,000 new titles available and includes four licensing models. Michael Blackwell, a librarian and an organizer of the ReadersFirst library ebook advocacy coalition, told Library Journal, “It’s . . . wonderful that Amazon . . . has finally come to the table and has said that they’re willing to work with [libraries], and they’re doing so with models that give libraries a real ability to allocate funds efficiently.”