Library Ideas LLC announced Monday that their new ebook service is now in beta at more than 50 libraries.
The new service, called Freading, is different from most of the competition. A number of library eBook services act just like they are selling paper books. A library can buy a copy and lend it out to one person at a time. Freading, on the other hand, acts more like a rental service. They charge the libraries per use. This lets the libraries lend as many copies of title as they want, but it does tend to increase their costs.
Libraries currently using service include the Orange County Public Library System (FL), Edmonton Public Library (AL), L.E. Phillips Memorial Library (WI), Westport Public Library (CT) Edmonton Public Library (AB), and Paris Public Library (TX).
Patrons can check out eBooks and read them on Android and iOS apps. Title selection is still limited, and Library Ideas reports that they have signed over 40 publishers, including Sterling Publishing, Sourcebooks, Andrews McMeel and Regnery Publishing. They’re looking to add more names to that list in the near future.