An Overview of Publisher Business Models for eLending

The current state of play regarding content availability for eLending from the Big 5 publishers.  

 

Commercial Availability of eBook Content for eLending
Publisher Inventory available for eLending Lending Model Title Pricing Structure Leased/Outright Ownership
Hachette Full title list availability 1 copy 1 loan

up to 300% above standard retail price, drops to 150% one year after release  

Perpetual access, although access may be tethered to aggregator platform dependent on contract.

Harper Colins Full title list availability 1 copy 1 loan

Library pricing same as general retail

26 loan expiry, continued access dependent on renewal of lease.

Macmillan Full title list availability 1 copy 1 loan $25.00 per title

Two year lease or 52 lends (which ever comes first)

Penguin

17,000 eBooks available

6 month embargo on new title availability

1 copy 1 loan $5.99 to 9.99 per title One year lease
Random House Full title list availability 1 copy 1 loan up to 300% above standard retail price Perpetual access, although access may be tethered to aggregator platform dependent on contract.

Simon & Schuster 

still in trial phase

Full title list availability at trial sites 1 copy 1 loan Not known One year lease

Information reflects eLending content availability in the United States.