Long before digital content made its way into academic and public libraries, content providers supplied the book, movie, music, and periodical needs of these institutions with physical editions. Ahead of this year’s BookExpo event, one of the largest library media providers, Midwest Tape, has announced it will begin providing digital content to libraries through its hoopla digital platform.
“Since our launch last summer, hoopla digital has significantly expanded our library partnerships, patron reach and content deals. Our growth has included public library systems in major markets such as Toronto, Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. We’re thrilled by the response to the service and excited to add eBooks to our offering,” said hoopla digital founder and Midwest Tape Vice President, Jeff Jankowski.
In the case of hoopla, however, it is the individual cardholders who will access the content via the free app once the Netflix-style agreement is made with the partner library. This makes the content instantly downnloadable, with the rights holder compensated every time a title is downloaded.
Good e-Reader will be meeting with hoopla digital at the BookExpo American event this week in New York.