Young Adult e-Books by Amanda Hocking available on OpenLibrary.org
Smashwords’ best-selling authors contribute to OpenLibrary.org
Smashwords, the largest distributor of independently published literature, recently provided the Internet Archive and OpenLibrary.org with its first installment of e-Books from best known, best-selling e-Book authors including: Young Adult sensation Amanda Hocking; Fantasy author, Brian Pratt; Romance novelist Ruth Ann Nordin; and Business Expert, Gerald Weinberg.
Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords believes that libraries are crucial to every publisher’s survival because they provide the face to face connection between readers, authors and books.
“We see tremendous value in partnering with the Internet Archive. Their visionary leadership is helping to create a worldwide digital public library.” Mark Coker, CEO, Smashwords
The deposit by Smashwords was a first attempt at demonstrating the feasibility of making modern books more globally accessible through OpenLibrary.org. Next up – the creation of a new model that supports the on-going purchase of e-Books by participating libraries.
“The publishing world is rapidly changing,” asserts Coker, “There’s plenty of room for numerous distribution models and in my opinion, publishers should be bending over backwards to support these initiatives.”
“Libraries are our allies in creating the best range of discovery mechanisms for writers and readers—enabling open and browser-based lending through the OpenLibrary.org means more books for more readers, and we’re thrilled to do our part in achieving that.” – Richard Nash, founder of Cursor.
American libraries spend $3-4 billion a year on publisher’s materials. OpenLibrary.org and its more than 150 partnering libraries around the US and the world are leading the charge to increase their combined digital book catalog of 80,000+ (mostly 20th century) and 2 million+ older titles.
“As demand for e-Books increases, libraries are looking to purchase more titles to provide better access for their readers.” – Digital Librarian Brewster Kahle, Founder of the Internet Archive.