As digital book reading has taken off around the world over the last 10-15 years, there has been a lot of discussion regarding precisely how public libraries should incorporate this in their tasks. Resolving this in a way that is perfect for all parties involved is a challenge, and the models and markets for lending digital books have come to look quite different in different parts of the world.

Elib, the leading distributor of digital books in Sweden, launched a new e-lending model in April 2014, developed together with both publishers and libraries, and combining flexible pricing with pay-per-loan access to books. So far the new model has worked quite well, with e.g. the American Library Association’s report Digital Futures calling it ”one of the most successful programs”.

We recently put together an internal report on how e-lending works worldwide, going over the various approaches used internationally, the issues that the various stakeholders face, how they compare to our experiences with the new Swedish model, and what we’ve learned in a year of working with the new model. It came out so well, we thought we might as well share it with the world.

You can download the report here:

About e-book library models worldwide (PDF)

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Vill ni läsa rapporten på svenska finns den givetvis också – se här!