Brooklyn Public Library Eyes E-Book Sales As New Income Resource

The Brooklyn Public Library has inked a deal with Simon & Schuster to make the publisher’s complete collection of electronic books available at branch libraries, in which BPL will then get a 2% cut of profits from each book sold.

The money raised is being eyed as a way to help fund the more than $250 million in overdue repairs needed at Brooklyn libraries—including, of course, Brooklyn Heights’ Cadman Plaza outpost, which is facing a potential sale and relocation.

Charlene Rue, BPL’s director of collection development, told the New York Daily News, “This is a step in the right direction. We are thrilled to be working with one of the big publishers. That means there’s more availability of titles for our general public to choose from.”

The Brooklyn Public Library currently spends about $150,000 a year on e-books, a small percentage of its $5.6 million budget for new items. Those figures could change as more readers go the digital route. Now, if the traditional print version of a title is checked out, patrons will be asked if they would like to buy a copy of any e-book that is already checked out. Under the pilot program, BPL will offer unlimited checkouts of individual e-books for a year. They can only be checked out by one patron at a time.

The plan will expand to Manhattan at the end of April, and later in Queens, according to the Daily News.

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  • marshasrimler

    yes .. finally a step in the right direction.. I have several revenue generating ideas for the library. Lets get creative. One question why has the library NOT asked their city and state officials for grants? I heard that this development project has been in the works for three years.. If true the library missed out on grant after grant that would have put our library in a much better place. It sounds like crony capitalism administration to me and a violation of the public trust. How disappointing.

  • marshasrimler

    Also I would like to know how much the library is paying the lobbyist they hired to push the destruction plan through the government is getting? Maybe they can cut costs there.

  • HenryLoL

    Nobody wants to keep this library here…. And they gov’t should not be giving any more money — especially to this hole! Can’t wait for the new building and smaller, much nicer and more manageable library to come!

  • Wiley E.

    Wrong, H-LoL

  • marshasrimler

    i spent an hour in what you describe as a hole today.
    People were doing research, working on computers and attending a job class. It had a lot of people in it.

  • HenryLoL

    LOL. Sorry — I dont think your being transparent. Cant see any reasonable reason why we wouldnt want some nice new housing and a great new library that is smaller. There is no need to save this place that people come into and urinate in the staircase.

  • ltap917

    Speak for yourself.

  • Boerum Bill

    For the word-hungry masses too lazy to make the trek to

  • Moni

    Pay no attn to H-lol, Marsha, (He’s a troll). Your insinuation of corruption behind this deal is right on target. These deals get done long before the public hears any sort of proposal, like the disgraceful plan to eliminate LICH.

  • clyde turner

    Not only has the library been an occasional refuge for me especially in the summer but losing more sunlight and air with another high rise replacing the current building impacts all of us whether we use the library or not.