July 23, 2014

Borrowing Hocking

Writer Karen Springen recently bemoaned the lack of print and ebook copies of e-publishing phenom Amanda Hocking‘s books at her local library in a piece for Publishers Weekly. Indeed, even in large libraries such as the New York Public Library, there is no sign of Hocking’s My Blood Approves vampire romance series or her urban fantasy Trylle Trilogy, in any form. It’s not an uncommon fate for self-published works, or works published by small independents.

But earlier this month, several of Hocking’s titles were made available for loan via the Internet Archive’s Open Library. It appears that even when it comes to e-lending, Hocking is bucking the trend.

As LJ reported in March, the Internet Archive recently embarked on a new license-free, one-book/one-loan model for ebook lending, and a few independent publishers, including Cursor,  OR Books, and Smashwords have been making their ebooks available for loan through the Open Library site. (Hocking sells her self-published books through the Smashwords site.)

Hocking famously became a multimillionaire selling her self-published ebooks online. In March, she signed a $2 million deal with St. Martin’s Press, so her future books might be easier to find in libraries in print form—although, since St. Martin’s is an imprint of Macmillan, lendable Hocking ebooks will likely remain out of reach for the foreseeable future at public libraries.

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David Rapp (drapp@mediasourceinc.com) was formerly Associate Editor, LJ.

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