Big Five eBook Matrix you must see!

GlassesAmerican Libraries has been keeping track of “the Big Five publishers (Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Hachette Book Group) and the terms they offer to libraries for their ebooks.”

Their “updated matrix (PDF file) provides a complete list of the distributors that each publisher uses and fuller information about library consortium access, including specifics for public, academic, and school library access.”

Things to note:

  • Among the Big Five, only Hachette Book Group does not offer public libraries the opportunity to license its ebooks through consortia
  • The publishers are not as open to school library consortia.
  • Academic library consortia may license from Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Macmillan.
  • Simon & Schuster does not license to academic libraries at all.

Check out the blog post, or read the updated matrix now.

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