March 16, 2018

EBSCO, Penguin Random House Partner to Offer Ebooks

EBSCO eBooks and Penguin Random House logosEBSCO Information Services this month announced a partnership with Penguin Random House (PRH), and now offers the publisher’s entire collection of 21,000 fiction and nonfiction ebook titles from leading authors including John Grisham, Mindy Kaling, Paula Hawkins, Toni Morrison, and Danielle Steel. PRH ebooks will join titles from big five publisher Hachette, as well as Perseus, Algonquin, Workman, Sourcebook, Lerner, and other publishers, in EBSCO eBooks collections.

PRH recently introduced new unified, companywide terms of sale (TOS) beginning January 1. Sales through EBSCO eBooks will follow the same model that PRH has instituted with OverDrive, Baker & Taylor Axis 360, the 3M Cloud Library, and Odilo—one-ebook, one user, uncapped perpetual licenses with variable pricing ranging from under $20 to a maximum of $65 per title. The publisher also offers regular special promotions on titles including New York Times bestsellers, award-winners, backlist, and book club favorites. According to a company announcement, “EBSCO does not add markups or fees to this or any collection of titles.”

EBSCO customers can purchase EBSCO eBooks, including the PRH titles, through EBSCO, YBP GOBI, Ingram’s OASIS platform, and Baker & Taylor’s TitleSource 3.

“All PRH titles are eligible for download and can be read in any desktop or e-reader that is compatible with Adobe DRM,” including EBSCO’s ebook app for iOS and Android, Kathleen McEvoy, EBSCO VP of communications, told LJ.

In addition, McEvoy added that “the full text of each ebook is indexed and searchable. Users can search the full text of every ebook to aid with discovery.”

John Brennan, EBSCO’s senior director of ebook product management, said that the partnership will help provide libraries with easy access to high-demand ebooks, while expanding the range of titles and pricing options available among EBSCO’s growing collection of more than 800,000 ebooks.

“The Penguin Random House catalog offers libraries ebook titles from widely read fiction and nonfiction authors who are popular with a variety of readers,” Brennan said in the announcement. “Having these titles available from EBSCO eBooks means that libraries can cost-effectively build e-book collections on a foundation of quality trade fiction and nonfiction titles.”

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