One of the biggest eBook trends predicted to experience even more explosive growth in 2015 is making the eBook available in the library. Libraries across the country are experiencing a surge in popularity through embracing technology and offering access to digital book titles. Two libraries in Washington had more than two million digital titles checked out.
It might seem counter-intuitive to the indie author desperate for sales to offer an eBook as a free read, but the exposure you can get from having your eBook available for borrowing in a library is immense. To take it a step further, you can even work with your local library and offer guest appearances where you do readings from your work or give away digital copies of your eBook.
Many libraries use OverDrive as the source of their eBook collection, which has been difficult for independent publishers to access. They tend to accept authors who have established sales or multiple titles, and their upload system is cumbersome, but it can be beneficial.
The future of eBooks is exciting, and this is just one more way that indie authors can reach a wider audience without having to pay an agent and publisher to do so.