Bilbary floats under the radar in terms of online viability for selling electronic books in a very crowded marketplace. Founded in 2011, it is currently still in beta but boasts a growing library of over 430,000 titles. Today the company announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Random House to carry its ebooks.
The company right now is just getting its act together in terms of offering ebooks on a wide array of platforms. It is currently working on an online HTML5 based reading solution, as well as Android and iOS apps. It does business with a growing number of libraries in Kansas. It also intends on trying a direct-to-customer ebook rental system sometime in the future. It really looks like the company is experimenting with different business models until something pops.
“We are pleased to be working with such a respected partner as Bilbary to serve the library marketplace,” said Skip Dye, VP, Library/Academic, Random House, Inc.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.