As patron interest in ebooks continues to grow, maintaining a robust digital collection can strain library budgets. Alternative licensing and access models remain one of the best ways for libraries to control their digital title lending costs, and these companies focus on providing right-size fits for libraries and patrons alike. Total BooX offers patrons unlimited access to ebooks on its platform and a unique payment model: Libraries pay only for material that’s read, whether that means a page or an entire book. ProQuest also has a long track record of innovative ebook acquisition models.
American Libraries column, Mar./Apr.