Big-5 publisher Macmillan makes many more ebooks available to libraries

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Less than a year after launching a pilot to make about 1,200 crime and mystery books available to libraries, Big-5 publisher Macmillan confirmed Thursday that it’s opening up the program: The publisher will make all of its backlist ebooks (books older than a year) available to libraries, for a total of about 11,000 titles. Newer ebooks will still not be available.

Via Publishers Weekly:

“Titles will be available to libraries through [digital distributors] OverDrive, 3M and Baker & Taylor, and also Recorded Books for audio. There were no reported changes in the model Macmillan uses or pricing at this time. Once purchased by a library, e-book titles will be available to lend for two years or 52 lends, whichever comes first, and titles in the pilot were priced at $25.”

Macmillan had also expanded the library pilot this summer to include titles from Entangled, the independent romance publisher

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