Book View Café (BVC), the author-run epublisher, has launched a library-friendly “All You Can Read” ebook program by signing distribution agreements with Douglas County Libraries, the third largest library system in Colorado, and Wheelers Books, New Zealand’s largest online new book supplier to schools and libraries.
Chris Dolley, BVC Library Coordinator, explains how it works:
We place no restrictions on the number of times our titles may be loaned out and offer up to 45% discount to libraries, making the average price for our books less than $3.00. Everybody wins: libraries, their patrons, and our authors.
Book View Café is a cooperative effort whose members share the tasks of editing, formatting, and other steps in publishing. Members include Hugo and Nebula award winners (Ursula Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, David D. Levine, and Linda Nagata), NY Times bestsellers and notable book authors (Patricia Rice, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Lois Gresh, and Sarah Zettel), Campbell winner Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant, and Philip K. Dick award winner C.L. Anderson.
BVC publishes original titles and also books from its members’ substantial backlist. “Overall, we’re up to two books a week, sometimes three,” says Pati Nagle, BVC’s Publications Director. “And each month more well-known authors join our co-operative. Currently we have 40 authors and over 140 titles.”
The library program is more than just a marketing idea. BVC members personally feel strongly that libraries should be supported. “As a reader I owe a huge debt to libraries,” says Chris Dolley. “I came from a family who loved books but couldn’t afford to buy them. The local library introduced me to authors and subjects I’d never have read otherwise. We hope the All You Can Read program will help do the same today.”