I was reading where ebooks were becoming big in libraries and I was just wondering if libraries can get kindle ebooks from Amazon? And, if so, do we get paid just as we normally do when they do?
Yeah, that's for their imprints. Amazon wouldn't be making library deals for indie authors. It's the indies' responsibility to make their books available to libraries.The reason I asked is because I read this about Amazon signing a deal to let libraries to get kindles:
The deal represents a major step forward for the digital library market. Not only is Amazon Publishing finally making its digital content available to libraries, the deal also gives libraries a range of models through which it can license the content.www.publishersweekly.com
Maybe it's just their publishing titles. I just figured someone knew a little something more about it.
I hadn't considered that a main branch was getting the ebooks and giving them out to smaller branches. Okay, I'm done. Thanks guys.You aren't actually getting KU books or Apub books from your library, you're getting books in a format that can be read on an Kindle. Because Kindle devices don't convert epubs automatically, and I believe some libraries actually lend out Kindles. A Kindle ebook just means it's a mobi format, something all distributors and publishers are capable of generating.
But, libraries have different pricing schemes because it's not a single person license. So the pricing is usually (and should be higher). And while no one says anything about a friend sharing an ebook with another friend, it's a lot different if they are sharing it with their entire neighborhood and making multiple copies of said ebook to do so, which is what libraries do. Depending on the license, they have a limit on simultaneous borrows and the number of actual borrows before they have to buy it again, or they pay at a per borrow basis (can't remember who does that one).
Yet another reason to bail out of KU if you needed one! KU is a closed system and is a poor subscription model because it requires exclusivity to put your books in. There are others. Drop out, go direct to Kobo and the others through D2D!I'm not understanding the Amazon NO, No, and No, on libraries buying Kindle eBooks. Because of my failing eyesight, I'm forced to do all my book reading on my Kindle. The Sacrament Public Library has 1000s of Kindle eBooks available to checkout for three weeks. Since I can't have my eBooks on KU if I use D2D to be able to sell to libraries, I'm in a catch 22. Amazon must have a vehicle to sell Kindle eBooks to libraries, and I doubt they would force Authors to use Overdrive and dump their KU participation.
They don't, though. Amazon isn't our publisher, they have nothing to gain helping us get into libraries. There are ways to do it, as Patty said.Amazon must have a vehicle to sell Kindle eBooks to libraries