What is Popup Picks?
Popup Picks is a digital collaboration between publishers, distributors, library consortia, reviewers and librarians. We have created a modern, hip, mobile ebook service that leverages the library’s knowledge of their own local communities’ needs and reading habits.
Is there anything like this in the market today?
The only comparable services would be paid consumer subscription services like Kindle Unlimited and Scribd. But those services are large and not particularly well-curated experiences. By combining a smooth modern technology like Popup Picks with the hand-curation and editorial intelligence of librarians and other curation partners, we filter out the noise and present mobile readers with books they will love.
Can I get Involved as a Popup Picks curator?
Yes, if you have a passion for connecting great books with readers and want to work with some of the top brands in the publishing and review world, we want your help. Go to www.popuppicks.com to fill out a curator application.
When does it launch?
The Popup Picks: Winter 2017 launches in beta in January 2017, with a full launch in Spring three months later in April 2017. A new Popup Picks will be produced each season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) with new books curated and published every three months.
Do patrons need a library card to use Popup Picks?
No. Patrons simply download, launch and read. There are no checkouts, waitlists or friction for the reader. The goal is to enhance relationships with current patrons and reach new patrons with a modern digital media curation service. Attract new digital patrons, engage them in services and transform them into library supporters.
Who is involved?
A primary partner on the launch of the service is Chicago-based Independent Publishers Group (IPG), representing hundreds of the world’s top independent publishers. Also included as early content partners are the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project, Foreword magazine and the Independent Book Publishers Association. We will be announcing new partners as the program grows. Popup Picks will be delivered to readers on mobile technology built by BiblioBoard and licensed by RAILS. The editorial voice of Popup Picks will be a constant evolution and a mix of all the participants who are hand-selecting books for readers.
Does it cost money for my library to participate?
No. This service is brought to you by the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and is available statewide via geolocation. You can tie Popup Picks into your current digital strategy and integrate it with your library events and programming to use in the way your library sees fit that is best for your patrons. All of the books are provided by the publishers for unlimited, simultaneous use, so there are no pay-per-use charges or additional copy purchases required.