A number of pertinent announcements were made this week, many of which concerned reader access to lending or subscription-based reading. Smashwords joined up with OverDrive to make indie authors’ titles available in libraries around the world, and Simon&Schuster provided access to a massive backlist of ebooks to two of the top subscription-based reading platforms. Now, Ingram announced it has new content to offer as well.
“At Ingram, we continue to develop our platforms and collaborate with publishers to make the broadest selection of content available to readers worldwide,” said Dan Sheehan, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Content Group library services. “We are pleased to add tens of thousands of new e-book titles to our MyiLibrary platform for more public and academic libraries, and their patrons to enjoy.”
According to information on the platform, “Ingram’s MyiLibrary platform is an easy-to-use, comprehensive online e-content solution for libraries that provides a single source for content hosting, archiving, discovery, access and purchasing. Thousands of academic, professional and public libraries around the world have integrated the platform into daily lending activities, and have access to hundreds of thousands of titles that cover all major disciplines. Through the platform, library patrons can read content online, or download to a smartphone, tablet or computer.”The most recent publishers to make their content available are Hachette Book Group, O’Reilly Media, Kensington Publishing, Royal Society of Chemistry, CN Times Books, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, and several other entities.