Charleston, South Carolina (PRWEB) June 24, 2014
In advance of the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, BiblioBoard® announces SELF-e, in partnership with Library Journal, and Self-Published Rock Stars—two programs focused on connecting self-published authors to library patrons. The company also continues to sign agreements with traditional publishers to license content to libraries in an unlimited multi-user business model that improves the patron experience.
SELF-e is the much-discussed service launched at Book Expo America 2014 (BEA). The service allows any self-published author, regardless of the publishing services they use, to get their ebooks into public libraries through a non-exclusive, free discovery service. Authors can submit their work for consideration to be included in collections curated by Library Journal, and they can opt to include their ebooks in statewide collections, not curated, that will make the works of local writers available via their local libraries.
Mitchell Davis, founder and Chief Business Officer of BiblioLabs, couldn’t be more excited about SELF-e’s launch. “Libraries and authors share a common audience: readers. We are thrilled to be working with Library Journal to begin bridging the divide that has grown over the years with the explosion in self-published materials. Libraries know there are great self-published ebooks, and now they will be able to affordably help their patrons discover thousands of great writers with no frustrating checkouts, returns or turn-aways.”
For Davis, the process of uniting self-published authors with library patrons doesn’t end with SELF-e. “Authors whose books develop huge readerships—either outside of the library realm or through SELF-e—can get an entire Anthology of their work placed in our new Self-Published Rock Stars Module alongside other best-selling, self published authors.” The Self-Published Rock Stars Module will highlight the author’s body of work, biography and fandom.
The first featured author is CJ Lyons, New York Times best-selling author of medical suspense novels she calls “Thrillers With Heart.” Lyons has sold over 2,000,000 copies of her books globally, combining traditional publishing and self-publishing to share her work with readers. She is an outspoken supporter of self-publishing and her self-published books have helped to drive a massive grassroots fan base.
These new self-publishing programs enhance BiblioBoard’s core digital content offerings, which have also grown significantly this year. Libraries can now choose to subscribe to content from nearly 450 publishers in a vast array of categories, including University Presses, Christian publishers, LGBT publishers, such as Dreamspinner Press, and business presses, most recently expanded by the addition of Berrett-Koehler. BiblioBoard will also now be offering lifestyle books from Adams Media, literature by best-selling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut from Rosetta Books and comic books from Markosia Enterprises.
Internationally, BiblioBoard inked deals with Orca Book Publishers and Dundurn in Canada and AndrewsUK in England. Also, their Spanish-language content has expanded beyond the 10,000-book deal with e-Libro to include Red Ediciones and Arbordale Publishing, whose children’s titles are available in English and Spanish.
This selection of self-published and traditionally published content is available in categorical packages at highly affordable prices, making it simple for libraries to add thousands of ebooks to their collections that can all be easily accessed on mobile devices. With an award-winning interface and a unique content collection, BiblioBoard has been chosen for innovative ebook programs across the country, most notably in the past month by NC LIVE, Reading Arizona and the Massachusetts eBook Project.
BiblioBoard is the PatronsFirst mobile library. The folks behind BiblioBoard are a powerful team based in Charleston, SC. They aim to transform access to information by providing a world-class user experience that thrills library patrons and is profitable for publishers. BiblioBoard is moving library content delivery into the future in a sustainable way. BiblioLabs is also a proud member of the Charleston Digital Corridor. To learn more, visit http://www.biblioboard.com.
Vice President Digital Products