ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M Library Systems is making the 3M
Cloud Library eBook Lending System even more beneficial for
participating libraries with a new “Buy and Donate” feature supported by Kobo,
a global leader in eReading. The new program gives libraries the option
to add a Buy and Donate button to their 3M Cloud Library website. When
patrons click the button, they will be taken to the Kobo Bookstore to
finalize their digital book purchases. 3M will donate a portion of sales
to the library for use in purchasing additional eBooks from the 3M Cloud
Library. With library budgets under constant pressure, this additional
revenue stream can be a valuable way to enhance collections.
“With this program, a portion of the profits from an eBook sale will be
donated to the library,” said Matt Tempelis, Global Business Manager for
3M Library Systems. “Kobo is a company that stands for Readers, and as
such, emerged as the ideal partner for this initiative. We are excited
to work with them to support libraries through eBook purchases.”
In addition to helping bolster the relationship between patrons and
libraries, the program also hopes to drive eBook traffic for publishers
who are not yet participating in the library market.
“This effort will help us engage with more publishers, and through added
exposure in the Kobo eBook store, publishers will gain another avenue
for readers to discover their eBook content,” said Tempelis.
Now in use at approximately 400 libraries around the U.S., the 3M Cloud
Library is a turnkey system of digital content and in-library hardware,
along with apps for borrowing and reading. Thousands of patrons have now
discovered the ease of browsing, checking out and reading eBooks on
their own devices or on a 3M eReader checked out from the library. This
flexible solution allows patrons to check out or buy materials and read
on the device of their choice—at home or on the go.
The Buy and Donate feature will roll out in November to participating
libraries. More details of the program will be shared at the Frankfurt
Book Fair in Germany, October 9-13, at the 3M stand, S4 in Hall 8.0.
For additional information, visit 3M.com/cloud.
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