After pulling its new eBook titles from libraries back in 2010, the Hachette Book Group is getting its new list eBooks back into libraries through a new pilot program this spring.
Through the pilot program, Hachette will release select eBook titles through two undisclosed eBook distributors for libraries. The publisher will test how readers respond, what their usage is and what their expectations are. The publisher will use this information to develop an eBook library strategy.
The American Library Association (ALA) held a delegation with the publisher which included meetings with the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Authors Guild, PEN American Center, and the National Writers Union. ALA president Molly Raphael blogged about her learnings: “In an important respect, we found common cause with authors: We seem to share great uncertainty in our respective environments and a feeling that, while technology should enable bright futures for the knowledge society, somehow our particular populations are getting the short end of the stick. Moreover, just as with publishers and distributors (and libraries), there is a great variety of viewpoints on access to digital content among authors and author groups.” (Via PaidContent.org).