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Bilbary Announces Ebook Partnerships With The State Library of Kansas and Taylor & Francis
Bilbary, an internet-based, consumer ebook library and retail bookstore, announced partnerships with The State Library of Kansas and Taylor & Francis. Both partnerships will help Bilbary build its competitive platform, as well as add a number of titles to its growing ebook catalog.
Taylor and Francis has made available 26,000 ebook titles for Bilbary to both sell and to rent. Taylor & Francis is a leading academic publisher whose imprints include Routledge, CRC Press, and Psychology Press. Taylor & Francis publishes 1,600 scholarly journals and more than 3,700 new books each year. Bilbary’s agreement with Taylor & Francis will allow Bilbary to sell approximately 26,000 ebook titles, on top of its 340,000 current titles. All titles will reside in the Bilbary cloud, ensuring accessibility on any internet-connected device.
With this partnership, Bilbary will establish its first lending model, in which there will be a number of rental periods ranging from 30 to 360 days. The varying rental periods will provide students access to ebooks and will eliminate worries regarding rental fines, due dates, and whether the library or bookstore has sufficient copies stocked for university courses. Students will also be able to search for full texts, a first for a commercial consumer website.
The State Library of Kansas, founded in 1855, serves the needs of state agencies, legislators, and the general public. Bilbary’s agreement with The State Library of Kansas will allow Bilbary to open its doors to all Kansas library patrons. A link to Bilbary’s website will live on the Kansas State Library page, which patrons from anywhere in the U.S. will be able to click to purchase and download ebooks.
“Our relationship with Bilbary demonstrates the sheer volume of reading that takes place in libraries and provides behavioral data to publishers, to which they have never had access to,” said Joanne Budler, state librarian, State Library of Kansas. “Essentially, we hope our relationship with Bilbary diminishes the intimidation publishers feel when interacting with libraries and improves mutual understanding to build a better dialogue—which will lead to improved understanding and policies.”
Another aspect of the overall agreement is that all commissions will be given back to Bilbary to be used for developmental purposes. Doing so will encourage Bilbary to create and improve its capabilities for Kansas patrons, while also paving the way for a rental model to be integrated. For consumers who tend to purchase books, Bilbary says it presents the perfect solution.
Paula J. Hane
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