Libraries as Publishers 4

As reported in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, libraries across Texas are investigating the possibility of following a model similar to the Douglas County Library System in Colorado, where libraries themselves become publishers of ebooks by working directly with independent authors. This would provide Libraries with a much greater degree of control and flexibility concerning ownership of their titles.

This week at the annual Texas Library Association meeting in Fort Worth, Jamie LaRue, director of the DCL, said “I’m kind of wandering around as an evangelist saying we have two choices: Either we can be marginalized by people trying to lock us out of the market or we can say we don’t want to hang out on the fringe of the revolution, we want to be at the heart of it,” said LaRue, whose library is the first in the nation to create its own e-book management system.

[Originally posted by Thatcher Rea]

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