The Digital Shift reports that Book View Cafe, an eBook publisher/author collective with more than 40 author members, is offering libraries a 45% discount on its entire catalog, which brings the average price of its eBooks to libraries under $3.00. Authors distributing titles through Book View Cafe include "Hugo and Nebula award winners such as Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre, David D. Levine, and Linda Nagata, as well as New York Times bestsellers and notable authors Patricia Rice, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Lois Gresh, and Sarah Zettel." In addition to selling direct, Book View Cafe distributes through Smashwords to supply Baker & Taylor's Axis 360 library service, and is in talks with other distributors, including OverDrive.
Book View Cafe's titles are distributed in EPUB, MOBI and (in some
cases) PDF format, and are sold without Digital Rights Management. Most of the titles appear
to be reprints where rights have reverted to the authors, along with
some new titles. Authors get 95% of the sale price for titles sold
through the Book View Cafe website.