Solving the Digital Loan Problem: Can Library Lending of eBooks be a Win-win for Publishers AND Libraries?

Heather McCormack (Library Journal Magazine), Katie Dunneback (National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress), Ruth Liebmann (Random House, Inc.), Micah Bowers (Bluefire)
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Are libraries and publishers necessarily at odds when it comes to ebooks? Does e-lending cut into potential ebook sales, or can digital loans help overall sales of a title? In what promises to be a lively panel discussion, representatives from the publishing and libary communities will debate the potential challenges and opportunities for all the players in the ebook lending game.

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Heather McCormack

Library Journal Magazine

Heather McCormack is a lover, a fighter, and Book Review Editor of Library Journal, read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. She blogs at

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Katie Dunneback

National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress

Katie Dunneback serves a a Selection Librarian at the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress. Her interests include reader’s advisory services and collection development. She’s a published author of fiction under a pseudonym, and can be found on Twitter as younglibrarian.

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Ruth Liebmann

Random House, Inc.

Ruth Liebmann joined Random House, Inc. in 1995 and is currently VP, Director of Account Marketing. She works with a wide variety of constituencies, including booksellers and librarians. She may or may not be a gadget.

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Micah Bowers


Helping publishers, retailers, and libraries take charge of their digital future and build direct relationships with their readers. Bluefire offers customer-branded (white label) ereader apps for iOS and Android devices and is an authorized reseller of Adobe eBook Platform technologies such as ACS4, RMSDK, and Adobe Vendor ID.

  • Ingram Content Group
  • Qualcomm
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Aptara
  • Bowker
  • Connotate
  • HP
  • Jouve North America
  • LibreDigital
  • Malloy
  • MarkLogic
  • Random House, Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Baker & Taylor
  • The BookMasters Group
  • Constellation
  • Jacquette Consulting
  • Mashery
  • Silverchair
  • Wolfram
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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