Digital purchase program helps libraries

Book lovers who purchase eBooks and eAudiobooks can now benefit the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) when they purchase digital content and other items online.

GRRL, which provides services at 32 locations in central Minnesota including Elk River, has added a “Buy It Now” link to catalog entries on its Digital Library pages. Library customers can use the link to click through to, Barnes & Noble, BooksOnBoard or Powell’s Books. If they make an online purchase of that eBook or eAudiobook from the commercial website, a portion of the sale will be credited back to the library. The library will also benefit from any additional purchases made through the “Buy It Now” link.

It’s called a Win Affiliate partnership, and it is managed by OverDrive, the same company that contracts digital services to the library. The library earns credits from each purchase and can use the credits to purchase additional Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks. Titles the library selects are at the library’s discretion.

Not all retailers offer the same titles or formats as the library, so individuals may need to check more than one website from the “Buy It Now” link. Not all the content available will be compatible with all devices.