This just in from a new entrant into the ebook arena: Total Boox, an Israeli-based company, has announced today the launch of its ebook product bearing the same name. Highlights include simultaneous access, no waiting lines, no up-front payment for books, patrons’ interest driving purchases, affordable metered reading, and, perhaps the most interesting part: ownership of each title (or portions of the title read) that the library purchases is transferred to the patron — indefinitely. Full details are provided in the press release below.
Meanwhile, a November 2013 article featured in Publishers Weekly is a good place to start for more context on the business model. It also gives more details about Total Boox’s pilot with Westchester Library System in New York.
Total Boox Launches and Announces Pilot with Westchester Library System
A new, cutting-edge ebook service brings more reading for patrons and more efficient use of library budgets.
January 21, 2014 (New York, Tel Aviv) Total Boox, Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of Total Boox for Libraries, a cutting-edge ebook service designed to give patrons a new digital reading experience, while giving libraries full control of their budget. Thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles are available for instant download “with no waiting lines”and patron access to them never expires. Whether patrons read online or offline and whether they read one page, a chapter, or an entire ebook, libraries only pay for the content they read. Continue reading Total Boox, a new ebook platform for libraries, launches