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Simon & Schuster drops ‘Buy It Now’ elending requirement

In the US, Simon & Schuster is expanding its ebook lending program to all public libraries by dropping its ‘Buy It Now’ merchandising requirement to participate in the program, reports Publishers Weekly. S&S president and CEO Carolyn Reidy said in a statement that the publisher is looking forward to ‘serving the broadest possible segment of the library community in order to bring our ebooks to their patrons’, and hopes libraries will still ‘consider “Buy It Now” as a new and viable option to generate revenue for the library and provide a service for their patrons’. The ‘Buy It Now’ option offers library patrons the option to purchase an S&S ebook via the library’s website, with a portion of the sales going to the library. The S&S elending program allows ebooks to be used for one year from the date of purchase, with an unlimited number of checkouts during that period. The program includes both frontlist and backlist titles.



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