Penguin Group and electronic-book distributor 3M have made a deal with two New York City public library systems that will return Penguin e-books to library shelves for a one-year pilot.
successful at the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public
Library—two of the country's largest library systems—Penguin said it
could offer similar deals to libraries across the U.S., including school
and university libraries. And the deal could prompt other major
publishers that currently don't sell e-books to libraries to soften
their stances, said Matt Tempelis, global business manager for the 3M
Penguin is one of four major publishers that don't make e-books
available to libraries. Two others—Random House and HarperCollins—impose
prices or circulation limits that make e-books impractical for
libraries to acquire, library officials say.
The pilot, crafted to protect e-book sales, will delay the release of
e-books to the libraries for six months after the titles go on sale in
stores and online. Each library e-book will expire after a year.