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Library Ideas, LLC to Launch Innovative New e-book Service for Libraries

NEW ORLEANS, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Library Ideas, LLC, a media company delivering digital solutions to libraries, today announced the launch of its new e-book service.  Library Ideas has a network of over 500 library systems worldwide that subscribe to its digital products-- Freegal Music, Rocket Languages (Library Edition) and Games for Libraries.

The new service, called Freading (free reading) will immediately increase the size and diversity of library e-book collections by allowing them access to a collection of over 20,000 titles without any upfront cost to the library.   The innovative business model allows libraries to pay a per use fee instead of a purchasing an item of unknown desirability.   Freading charges no platform or access fees, and has tools to allow libraries to control their spending over the course of a budget year.  Participating libraries and patrons will have simultaneous access to titles without buying multiple copies.  Participating publishers and authors will get more of their titles onto library websites, and get paid for each transaction.

Ten libraries have agreed to a launch this summer, including Orange County Public Library System (FL), The Free Library of Philadelphia, Maricopa County Library District, Los Gatos Public Library (CA) and the Westport Public Library (CT).

Sixteen publishers have agreed to supply content to the service, including Sterling Publishing, Sourcebooks, Andrews McMeel and Regnery Publishing.  Library Ideas is in discussions with many publishers, and intends to expand the content on a continual basis.

"So many libraries have only a collection of 1,000 to 5,000 e-book titles, "said Brian Downing, the co-founder of Library Ideas, LLC.   "And often, those titles are not available to the end user.   Our launch collection would cost libraries over $400,000 if they bought the titles like they are being asked to do now.  With Freading, they can access it for no upfront cost."

"We are always looking for ways to increase our patron's access to library materials," said Mary Anne Hodel, Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Public Library System in Orlando, Florida.   "Freading increases our access to ebooks at a reasonable cost."

"We are very pleased to continue to extend our distribution into libraries, and to get more of our titles into the hands of the readers.  Library Ideas, LLC has put forth an innovative model that we're excited to explore and which we believe could make sense for publishers and libraries alike."  Dominique Raccah, Publisher and CEO, Sourcebooks

About Library Ideas, LLC

Library Ideas is a media company focused on the educational markets, based in Fairfax, Virginia.  The Company offers music, games, e-book, and language learning solutions to public libraries as part of its developing product suite. For further information please email Brian Downing, briand@libraryideas.com.

Media Contact: Brian Downing Library Ideas, LLC, 202-557-6301, briand@libraryideas.com

SOURCE Library Ideas, LLC



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