Simon & Schuster UK is to allow libraries to lend its full catalogue of nearly 14,000 e-book titles, effective immediately.
Following what the publisher said was a "successful" pilot scheme, it is expanding access to its full catalogue of e-books to libraries nationwide in the UK.
A similar programme is also being rolled out by Simon & Schuster in Australia & New Zealand.
With the addition of the UK and Australia to existing e-book library programmes in the United States and Canada, Simon & Schuster e-books are now available in libraries worldwide, including open market territories.
Ian Chapman, c.e.o and publisher of Simon & Schuster UK and International, said: "We are delighted to be able to extend our e-book offering to cover almost 14,000 titles. Libraries are vital cultural institutions that promote education and literacy and help to bring our authors to readers , and this initiative is an expression of our commitment to the important role they play."
Each title acquired by a library for lending is usable for one year from the date of purchase. The library can offer an unlimited number of checkouts during the one-year term, although each copy may only be checked out by one user at a time for a maximum of 21 days. All of Simon & Schuster’s frontlist and backlist titles that are available as e-books are eligible for the programme, with new titles being made available simultaneous with their publication.
S&S president and c.e.o Carolyn Reidy in her end of year letter to staff and authors praised the expansion of the company's e-book lending scheme with libraries in the US and Canada and hinted that further announcements would be on the way internationally.
A remote e-book lending pilot has been trailled for the last seven months in the UK, containing a selection of titles from a range of publishers. At its six-month point, the trial found that remote e-book lending in libraries led to a "significant" increase in borrowing, but not to an increase in book buying.