Indie publishers put books on Bloomsbury's digital library shelf

<p>Faber, Quercus, Canongate and Allison &amp; Busby have joined Bloomsbury&rsquo;s digital library initiative, meaning that titles such as<em> The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo </em>by Stieg Larsson and <em>Dreams from My Father </em>by Barack Obama will be accessible online by library users.</p><p>The <a href="../news/82925-bloomsbury-unveils-digital-shelf-for-libraries.html" target="_blank" title="http://www.thebookseller.com/news/82925-bloomsbury-unveils-digital-shelf... was launched a year ago by Bloomsbury</a> as the Bloomsbury Library Online but has now been rebranded as the Public Library Online.</p><p>The development means four new &quot;publisher shelves&quot; have opened to library users: Faber Poetry Shelf including poems from T S Eliot; the Quercus Crime Shelf; a Canongate Bestsellers Shelf; and the Allison &amp; Busby Morganville Vampires Shelf.<br /><br />Library subscriptions to individual shelves start from only &pound;250, with libraries charged &pound;100 per 100,000 library users. <a href="../news/82925-bloomsbury-unveils-digital-shelf-for-libraries.html" target="_blank" title="http://www.thebookseller.com/news/82925-bloomsbury-unveils-digital-shelf... digital library shelves are hosted by Exact Editions, which makes digital versions of books and magazine available to libraries and consumers</a>.</p><p>According to Bloomsbury, the Public Library Online now serves over 3m of the UK population. Blooomsbury said: &quot;As libraries continue to face budget cuts, this library service continues to grow, offering a cost effective means for libraries to offer easy, simultaneous user online access to a wide range of bestsellers.&quot; It added that it hoped &quot;more publishers&quot; would join the service soon.</p><p>The books are readable from the Exact Editions website, or remotely via mobile phones or on apps.</p>