New e-book deals between publishers and public libraries

Negotiating on behalf of the Danish public libraries, Denmark’s Digital Library have finalised deals with the largest Danish publishers from the commercial e-book library lending platform, EBIB, to move the publishers’ titles from EBIB to the libraries’ platform eReolen - i.e. “the eShelf”. EBIB will then close its library business. Consequently, starting January 2015, the e-books from publishers such as Gyldendal, Rosinante & Co., Lindhardt & Ringhof, JP/Politiken and others. will be showcased and promoted via eReolen’s web site and apps. The publishers and the public libraries have already begun a collaboration designed to diversify the patrons’ usual frontloaded lending patterns and move focus away from the new releases and more towards the backlists.

All Danish public libraries are expected to offer the new eReolen to their patrons. The deals have been restricted to 2015 in order to closely evaluate and adjust the new service. The current 5,000 titles on eReolen are expected to grow to over 9,000 with these new deals.

Chairman of the eReolen association, Jakob Heide Petersen, states: ”We are happy with the new deals that strike a balance between the needs of the libraries and those of the publishers. Our common interest is the promotion of literature and reading. Now our patrons will have access to a lot more e-books from their library. eReolen stands to gain both in terms of breadth and quality which we will aid us in getting more people to start reading e-books. Our successful launch this summer of an improved digital audio book service followed by a promotional campaign clearly demonstrated that given the right content and the right technical solution, we can bring literature to a lot more people. We are looking forward to cooperating with authors and publishers and to promoting the new e-books alongside our other services.”

Chairman of Danish Publishers’ Association and CEO of Gyldendal, Stig Andersen, states:”The libraries play an important role in stimulating reading and promoting literature, and the publishers want to support the libraries as they strive to maintain and develop this role while the general demand for e-books keep rising. E-books is a growing market so we will closely monitor how loans and sales develop alongside each other and make sure the commercial market and library services align beneficially - both in terms of e-books and printed books.”

For more information, please contact:

Denmark’s Digital Library: Jeppe Mossin +45 3373 3321

eReolen: Jakob Heide Petersen, +45 5146 8700

Gyldendal: Elisabeth Fogtdal Nøjgaard, +45 3375 5625

L&R: Gertrud Smith, +45 2331 9366

JP/Politikens forlag: Jakob Harden, +45 3347 0740

Danish Publishers’ Association: Christine Bødtcher-Hansen,
+45 3315 6688

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