3M Cloud Library cuts deal with Smashwords and others
June 1, 2012 | 9:19 am
By Paul Biba
From the press release:
3M Library Systems will feature its growing list of offerings for the 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service at Book Expo America 2012, to be held June 4-7 at the Javits Center in New York City. Visitors to the 3M Library Systems booth, DZ2417, will learn about 3M Cloud Library’s new partnerships with INscribe Digital, Smashwords, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and the National Book Network (NBN) which are increasing the eBook system’s total list of offerings to more than 200,000 titles from over 300 publishers.
3M will also share details of its partnership with Smashwords, the leading eBook publishing platform representing over 40,000 independent authors and small publishers around the world. Additional publishing support comes from new partnerships with The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and NBN, providing the 3M Cloud Library catalog with a diverse mix of academic, reference, and general interest books from over 75 publishers including AAA Publishing, C&T Publishing, Down East, and Learning Express.The new partnership with INscribe Digital – a digital publishing services provider of global eBook distribution, content conversion and marketing services to the publishing community – will help the 3M Cloud Library system dramatically expand its offerings with emerging publishers. INscribe Digital offers flexible and scalable solutions for publishers of all sizes, as well as agents and authors, to guide them through the constantly evolving digital publishing marketplace. The partnership provides access to more than 25 publishers and will increase the speed at which small publishers can add their content to the 3M Cloud Library catalog.
These collections add more than 100,000 titles, significantly growing 3M Cloud Library’s total offerings. Combined with 3M Cloud Library’s existing relationships with more than 40 major publishers, these new partnerships help 3M Library Systems offer a broad variety of content from both new and established authors.
“The incorporation of these titles into the 3M Cloud Library collection will bring readers access to thousands of new voices in publishing,” said Tom Mercer, 3M Library Systems Digital Business Development Leader. “These partnerships exemplify our dedication to continually expanding our offerings, and we’re proud to help libraries and their patrons gain simple access to the independent voices in eBooks.”
Titles from INscribe, Smashwords, Rowman & Littlefield and NBN are expected to begin appearing in the 3M Cloud Library within 90 days, pending completion of technical integrations with the distributors.
3M Cloud Library is a turnkey system for digital reading, offering libraries an easy-to-use system that provides digital content and in-library hardware, along with apps for borrowing and reading. Patrons can view content on a 3M eReader that they check out from the library, or can access the system on their own devices with an easy-to-install app (currently available on Android and iOS platforms). The 3M Cloud Library app does not require an Adobe ID, and lets patrons simply select their library and enter their library card number to gain access to the system and start reading.
The 3M Cloud Library service has been launched at libraries across the country and is deploying to new libraries each month. For more information about the 3M Cloud Library eLending system, visit 3M.com/Cloud.