Macmillan US makes all frontlist e-books available for e-lending

Macmillan US makes all frontlist e-books available for e-lending

Macmillan in the US is to make all of its frontlist e-book titles available to libraries via its public library e-lending pilot.

The library e-lending pilot has been in place since March 2013, and up to now has only included Macmillan titles published a year or more ago.

The latest development means there will be around 15,000 Macmillan books available for libraries from early August.

New e-books will be available on the same day they are released.

Alison Lazarus, president, sales, said: “Librarians have been asking for our frontlist titles for their collections. With more than a year of our current pilot behind us and a better sense of the market, we feel comfortable expanding our offering to our full catalogue.”

Frontlist titles will be offered to libraries through multiple distributors under the same model as the backlist – licensed for two years or 52 lends.

In June Simon & Schuster in the US announced it would be opening its catalog of e-books to all libraries nationwide following participation in the pilot programme.

In the UK a year-long pilot for e-lending in public libraries began in four areas in March, offering 1,000 titles, including new releases, not available for e-lending elsewhere.