Simon & Schuster is starting a pilot project where they will allow libraries to buy e-books at a two year term at 50% off. The major publisher has selected over 550 bestselling titles to participate in this program and they want to gauge if libraries are willing to buy e-books and keep them longer, instead of having them expire after one year.
Overdrive is spearheading the pilot project on behalf of S&S and any library that does business with them will immediately be able to buy e-books at the optional two year term.
How is the e-book pricing actually changing for the two year period? Well one, Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After is available for a one year price at $12.99, or for a two-year term for $19.49. eBooks offered with this new two-year option include fiction and nonfiction best-sellers, front list releases, and engaging fixed-layout EPUB titles for children and young readers.
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