Oakland, CA — Total Boox, the ebook service that offers unlimited simultaneous access while minimizing cost with payment based on actual reading, and The Oakland Public Library, a large Urban Libraries Council member located in California, are pleased to announce that the library is continuing as a customer of Total Boox following the conclusion of a pilot period.
Mana Tominaga Supervising Librarian of Oakland's Main Library said, "Oakland Public Library is proud to continue offering Total Boox to our patrons. This e-book platform helps OPL to offer a rich collection of titles, including sci-tech and homework support titles. We're pleased with the ease of use for our patrons – all titles are available all the time, and patrons can keep titles on devices without expirations."
"We are in our second year of working with OPL. We initially joined forces with them as part of a visionary pilot funded by Califa, the California consortium of public libraries. Total Boox is all about the freedom to read. We have books in areas that public libraries struggle to deal with, such as science, technology and travel--areas that require constant updating. We also have thousands of educational books for homework support, as well as just plain fun reading for kids, teens, and adults. Great stuff for kids in school, especially when school libraries have such limited budgets. And we let library users have full freedom with our books. No waiting. No limits. No fines. Califa was particularly interested in how well our sci-tech and information technology books would be used. Would the public use them? Would Total Boox be an economical way of providing these books? And, of course, they did, and it was. The people of Oakland read everything from computer books to romances to literary novels to children's books, and the impact on the library budget would be very low. We look forward to continuing to work with Oakland to further close the digital divide and to promote reading and education in the communities they serve, "said Peyton Stafford, VP of Total Boox.
About Total Boox
Total Boox is led by a team of entrepreneurs with backgrounds in publishing, technology, and libraries. Its innovative reading-centric service makes ebooks instantly available to library patrons with no limitations, holds, or expirations, thus eliminating frustrations libraries and patrons have faced with ebooks: limited availability, prohibitive cost, and inferior user experience. Total Boox partners with hundreds of well-known publishers from the U.S. and beyond, empowering them to monetize front, mid- and backlist titles through reading by library patrons who would otherwise be unlikely to have access to their books. Its titles may be accessed on most devices, and its state-of-the-art reading app is consistently ranked by librarians as the most user-friendly on the market.
About Oakland Public Library
The Oakland Public Library is a part of the City of Oakland in California and has been in existence since 1878. Their mission is to empower all people to explore, connect, and grow. Locations currently include 16 branches, a Main Library, a Second Start Adult Literacy Program, the Tool Lending Library, and the African-American Museum and Library. The library also offers many other special services for residents of Oakland and California.