Macmillan is putting its backlist in ebook lending libraries.
The big publishing house confirmed to Publishers Weekly that more than 11,000 titles will be available through OverDrive, 3M and Baker & Taylor.
Frontlist titles are not currently available.
Alison Lazarus, president of Macmillan’s sales division, told PW, it was done as part of the publisher’s “ongoing evaluation of e-lending.”
Macmillan had made a small group of titles available for e-lending less than a year ago with Minotaur Books imprint, a pilot program for lending e-books.
According to PW, there are no reported changes to Macmillan’s model. E-book titles have two years or are borrowed 52 times before they expire, and cost $25.
“As you know, 3M has been involved in multiple pilots expanding publisher access and reach into library,” Temeplis told PW. “For 3M and our customers, it is more confirmation that the library digital lending business is accretive to publisher sales and margins.”
This is good news for those who enjoy getting their e-books from the library. More and more companies seem to be joining the programs making books available for a wider audience.