Ignite publishers have the option to distribute ebooks to the Library market.
There are three Library Ebook Sales Models that library pricing triggers. When you provide a library price, a sale can happen through any of these models:
-- Single-User – One End User is allowed access to the Digital Title at any one time.
-- Three-User – Three End Users are allowed access to the Digital Title at any one time.
-- Pay-per-use Model – An unlimited number of End Users may access the Digital Title at any given time. Profits are shared equally between the Reseller and the Publisher.
The purchase price is calculated differently for each of these models:
-- Single-User – The Purchase Price for this model will be calculated by multiplying the List Price by the Purchase Discount and subtracting this amount from the List Price.
-- Three-User – The Purchase Price for a Digital Title distributed pursuant to this model will be calculated by multiplying the List Price by the Purchase Discount; subtracting this amount from the List Price; and then multiplying this amount by one hundred fifty percent (150%).
-- Pay-per-use Model – The Purchase Price for this model will be calculated by multiplying the List Price by the Purchase Discount and subtracting this amount from the List Price, and then the remaining amount will be multiplied by fifty percent (50%).
Each ebook partner uses their own sales model. We will send the below models to these partners:
-- Single-User – Bibliotheca, Bolinda, De Marque, EBSCO, Follett/B&T, Gardners, hoopla, Mackin, Odilo, OverDrive, ProQuest, RecordedBooks/WF Howes, Wheelers
-- Three-User – EBSCO, Gardners, ProQuest
-- Pay-per-use Model – hoopla (Midwest Tapes)
The preview requirement for each library sales model can also differ.
-- Single-User – 10% of Digital Title
-- Three-User – 10% of Digital Title
-- Pay-per-use Model – No preview requirement
Pricing an Ebook for Library Markets
Publishers selling their ebooks in library channels now can offer different digital list prices to libraries and retailers.
The publishing industry’s primary argument for having a different (usually higher) ebook price for a library is that ebook files aren’t subject to the same wear and tear as a physical book. Physical books with lots of checkouts get worn out and re-ordered. ebooks do not. To make up for this potential lost revenue, some publishers may set higher ebook pricing for the library market.
There is no one industry standard for ebook pricing to libraries. Publishers continue to
experiment with different pricing models and our main goal is to provide our clients with the flexibility to adopt different ebook pricing models for different kinds of customers.