The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has unveiled a pilot program to test a new model for a library-owned and library-centered ebook marketplace for popular ebooks, together with free public domain and openly-licensed ebooks. This interesting news came to us from their release, “DPLA Exchange Offers Library-Centered Ebook Marketplace.”

The DPLA Exchange will allow staff at six pilot libraries to log in and start selecting ebooks from over a hundred thousand licensed titles and thousands more that are openly-licensed. The new program will be administered through a partnership with LYRASIS, which will provide the hosting and other technology resources.

This represents a significant milestone in the DPLA ebook pilot previously announced. The goal is to demonstrate how DPLA can help libraries maximize access to ebooks for their patrons.

This will allow libraries to curate and serve e-content from a variety of licensed and open sources through the user experience of their choice.

Melody K. Smith

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