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'Amazon Publishing in Talks to Offer E-Books to Public Libraries' by Andrew Albanese
Andrew Albanese reports the following for Publishers Weekly (PW):
In what came as a surprise to many librarians and industry observers, a report in The Hill this week revealed that the nonprofit Digital Public Library of America has been in discussions with Amazon Publishing on a potential deal to make Amazon’s e-book content available in public libraries. And in a call with PW, DPLA officials confirmed that a deal could be done soon.
[DPLA’s Michele] Kimpton told PW that talks with Amazon have been ongoing since spring, adding that the discussions have gone well and that the parties were making ‘good progress.’ …
Such an agreement would be a major breakthrough in the library e-book market. Amazon currently does not make its digital content available to libraries under any terms—an exclusion that librarians have loudly criticized for years. …
In a statement provided to PW, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed that Amazon Publishing is ‘in active discussions’ with the Digital Public Library of America and that the company expects to begin ‘testing a number of different models’ in early 2021.
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