Macmillan to Release Entire Backlist as eBook Catalog

Big five publisher Macmillan has plans to make its entire backlist catalog available as eBooks. This includes more than 11,000 titles, many of which will be available as library books through partnerships with various eBook distribution companies.

Publisher’s Weekly has the scoop:

Frontlist titles will not be included in the program at this time. Titles will be available to libraries through OverDrive, 3M and Baker & Taylor, and also Recorded Books. There were no reported changes in the model Macmillan uses or pricing at this time. Once purchased by a library, e-book titles will be available to lend for two years or 52 lends, whichever comes first, and titles in the pilot were priced at $25.

This expansion is part of Macmillan’s push to get eBooks to library readers. In January, the company formed a pilot program with digital distributor OverDrive through which they gave libraries access to more than 1,200 titles from Macmillan’s Minotaur Books imprint. They then added titles from Entangled this past summer.