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Bilbary in deals with T&F and Kansas State Library
24.04.12 | Benedicte Page
Bilbary has done a deal with academic publisher Taylor and Francis which will see 26,000 T&F e-book titles available for sale or rent on the Bilbary site.
Rental periods on offer will range from 30 to 360 days, with Bilbary saying the arrangement "will provide students with access to e-books and . . . eliminate worries regarding rental fines, due dates and whether the library or book store has sufficient copies stocked for university courses".
Christoph Chesher, T&F group sales director, said: "Bilbary's goals align with ours at Taylor & Francis, in that we want our audience to have access to all we have to offer at any given time."
Meanwhile, in a separate move, Bilbary has agreed a partnership with the state library of Kansas which will enable it to sell e-books to its users. A link to Bilbary's website will sit on the Kansas State Library page, with users from anywhere in the United States able to use it to buy and download e-books.
State librarian Joanne Budler said: "Essentially, we hope our relationship with Bilbary diminishes the intimidation publishers feel when interacting with libraries and improves mutual understanding to build a better dialogue—which will lead to improved understanding and policies."
Bilbary said the agreement would "pave the way" for a rental model to be integrated in the library.
Bilbary already had 340,000 titles on its site prior to the T&F deal. Founder Tim Coates said the site would expand the number of its English and foreign language titles in the next few months and "bring the skills of the bookseller and librarian to the online arena".