EBSCO has just announced that they have signed a digital distribution deal with Penguin Random House. Libraries that do business with EBSCO will be able to select from 21,000 fiction and nonfiction ebook titles. The ebooks are featured in several collections, including Popular Adult Fiction; Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Fiction; and Popular Adult Nonfiction.
Libraries that purchase e-books from EBSCO will have perpetual access, which means they do not expire after a certain number of loans, nor do they need to be repurchased after a year. Each e-book is reasonably priced, but the maximum a library will pay is around $60.
Skip Dye, Vice President Library Marketing and Sales, Penguin Random House, says that increased exposure of the Penguin Random House catalog ensures that customers will be able to access the e-books they’re looking for, both in the library and online. “We are pleased that our partnership with EBSCO will ensure digital libraries greater access, both in the library and online, to the full range of our fiction and nonfiction titles.”
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