Springfield City Library and 50 additional Massachusetts libraries are offering eBooks to their communities as part of a six-month pilot project exploring different models for eBook lending, different platforms, and user experiences. There’s an eBook for every interest! Have your Springfield Library card ready and visit our website for free access to popular titles in fiction and nonfiction, as well as in-depth articles and unique images from historical documents.
The Massachusetts Library System (MLS), in cooperation with its vendor partners — Baker & Taylor and BiblioLabs — is delighted with the launch of the MA eBook Project. “This is a direct response to our member libraries throughout Massachusetts who have made it clear that eContent is a statewide imperative.” said Gregory Pronevitz, Massachusetts Library System Executive Director.
Baker & Taylor will make more than 3,000 eBooks available to pilot libraries via its state-of-the-art Axis 360 digital media circulation platform. BiblioLabs offers an innovative and award-winning eBook content platform that gives users access to hundreds of curated collections of books, images, documents, artifacts, ephemera, audio, and video related to specific themes. This brand new multimedia experience is built around high-resolution primary source historical content and a growing library of contemporary publisher content including children’s books, graphic novels, comics, and contemporary nonfiction. Users can access on a web browser or apps for iPad, Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7, or Galaxy Tab. BiblioLabs will make over 30,000 compelling eBooks and other materials available on an unlimited multi-user basis to pilot libraries.
The MA eBook Project is made possible through funding from the Mass. Library System and through federal funds provided by the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the MBLC.