Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Califa Commits $325,000 in Funding for Library eBook Project; Deal Close With Smashwords

The pubic library eBook self-distribution movement is gaining more momentum: The Digital Shift reports that California's Califa Group library consortium has increased the funding for its library eBook ownership program, similar to the Douglas County, CO program, from $30,000 to $325,000, thanks in part to a partnership with the Kansas State Library and an increased grant from the California State Library. The consortium is very close to striking a deal with Smashwords that would get 10,000 of the distributor's top titles into Califa's network for about $3/title. California's Contra Costa County Library will be the pilot site for the project.

Here are some additional details:
  • Boopsie will provide mobile apps for the new program. 
  • Califa will install an Adobe Content Server (configured by Quipu Group) to provide DRM protection for the eBooks. Califa paid $10K for the Content Server plus $1,500 in annual maintenance. 
  • Califa is using VuFind, the same open-source web-based library resource portal that Douglas County is using, to make its eBook collection available to patrons. 
  • Smashwords will make its self-publishing service available to library patrons through Califa's VuFind portal. 

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