Early Release Program Readies Amigos eShelf Service for Launch

Aug 18, 2015


Amigos Library Services is in the final stages of testing the Amigos eShelf Service ebook platform. Planned to launch this fall, the service aims to be an affordable, flexible option for libraries seeking to capitalize on their patrons' growing use of ebooks. An early release program is underway. Participating libraries are offering ebooks to their patrons via the eShelf Service as the final step before full rollout.

Early release libraries use the Amigos eShelf Service with no service fees, paying only for ebooks they purchase from participating publishers. The Amigos eShelf Service offers libraries an online platform utilizing Amigos' infrastructure to host and circulate ebooks. Amigos negotiates agreements with ebook publishers, and libraries are able to integrate titles they have purchased into their existing catalogs. Future enhancements will include the ability for libraries to load already-owned ebooks and assist local patrons to self-publish.

To date, the Amigos eShelf Service has completed agreements with nine publishers representing over 60 imprints and 25,000 titles. 

(http://eshelf.amigos.org)