Freading, the Ebook Sibling of Freegal, Shows Signs of Rapid Growth
April 3, 2012 | 9:38 am
By Paul Biba
From the Library Journal:
(Library Journal is presenting a series of articles that takes an indepth look at some of the ebook platforms that are now in the marketplace. The first in the series looked at Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360. This story examines Library Ideas’ Freading service. Upcoming stories will look at Ebooks on EBSCOhost, Ingram’s MyiLibrary, and ProQuest’s ebrary.)
The Freading ebook platform from Library Ideas went live at the end of December 2011, and 143 library systems have signed up as of March 28, according to company figures.
The rate of growth is greater than Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform or 3M’s beta Cloud Library, and when combined with Freegal, the company’s well-established music platform, Library Ideas, in some places, is generating more downloads in all formats than even OverDrive.
Also in this article:
Freading has a $150 startup fee. There are no other fees. If a library already has Freegal, there is no charge to add Freading.
Once a library signs up, it gains access to just over 20,000 ebooks, which multiple users can read simultaneously on a pay-per-download basis.
These features have proven attractive.
Lots more in the article.
(Via The Digital Shift.)