Bibliotheca introduces pay-per-use ebook pricing

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Biblioteca has announced plans to provide pay-per-use pricing for ebooks. Blackstone Audio and Hachette Audio will be a part of the service's initial offerings. Discussions are underway with other publishers, however.

A group of pilot libraries will test the service, and Biblioteca plans to release it broadly later this year. The Cloud Library's up-front pricing model will continue to be available, alongside the new service.

Bibliotheca promoted the new service in a press release: "Unlike traditional ownership-driven digital models, where the content is paid for up-front in full and then loaned to patrons over time, pay-per-use has no up-front costs at all. Instead, libraries can offer an extended range of titles, and are only charged when a title is downloaded."

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Zach is the Head of Communications at Minitex. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, he worked in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the U.S. National Science Foundation. Zach holds a BA in Philosophy with minors in Physics and Asian Studies from Saint Olaf College and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Rachael, and their children, Neil and Ingrid. In his free time, Zach enjoys learning about languages, playing the guitar (poorly), and playing tennis. You can reach him by phone at 612-301-6658 or email him at