Your Book in Libraries Worldwide
There Are Four Kinds of Library
- Public: Government-funded local and national libraries serve the general public.
- Academic: The college and university library market, although smaller, usually has more money than the public sector to spend on books.
- School: With smaller budgets than public or academic libraries, school libraries are important for children’s or YA (young adult) writers. In the US, there are only two wholesalers selling into the school market. They sell library binding (heavy bound) books that hold up to the often rough treatment from school kids. If you’re serious about selling to the school library market, you’ll need to partner with and pay one of these two wholesalers for the coding and library binding system.
- Special: Corporate libraries, usually privately run, are devoted to specific purposes, such as medical or law, with budgets from tiny to huge—significant for niche writers.
Distribution to Libraries
- Overdrive for eBooks, audiobooks, and videos is the world’s largest library eBook platform, offering a procurement and checkout system for over 40,000 public libraries and schools around the world. Baker & Taylor, now owned by Follett, one of the largest distributors of both digital and print books worldwide to thousands of libraries, publishers and retailers.
- Bibliotheca Bibliotheca’s digital lending platform, used by more than 30,000 libraries around the world, is called cloudLibrary. eBooks are supplied through distributors and publishing platforms. There is minimal curation, mostly for technical aspects.
- James Bennett, library vendor in the Australasian marketplace.
- Gardners in the UK, a wholesaler of books, eBooks, music, and film to retailers around the world.
How to Distribute to Libraries
- Draft2Digital, distributing eBooks via partnerships with Overdrive and Hoopla
- Findaway Voices’ distributing audiobooks to retail and library distribution partners globally.
- IngramSpark, distributes to more than 39,000 retailers and libraries for print and eBooks.
- Kobo Writing Life is a sister company to OverDrive, the largest distributor of ebooks to libraries
- Self-e Library Journal offering access mainly to US libraries, via its PatronsFirst delivery platform. Until recently Self-e was a free platform but is now exploring a paid model.
“It’s important for authors to recognize that these services are not like for like. They offer different options depending on territory, career priorities, and marketing strategy. Authors must have a clear sense of what they hope to achieve from their book’s availability in a library system and choose accordingly.” John Doppler, Choosing the Best Self-Publishing Services and Companies
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