Edmonton — The Book Publishers Association of Alberta is pleased to announce the launch of the Prairie Indigenous eBook Collection on library websites across Alberta. This trailblazing collection was made possible through ongoing funding from the Government of Alberta’s Public Library Services Branch.
This significant digital repository brings together over 200 titles from publishers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Along with the 1,500 other titles in the Alberta eBooks Collection (launched in 2017), these new additions are available for Alberta public library patrons to borrow online from their local library. And the collection will continue to grow, as more titles are added each year.
The first of its kind in Canada, the Prairie Indigenous collection increases access to stories by Indigenous authors, and writings about Indigenous culture.
Dive into eBooks by such notable Canadian authors as Eden Robinson, Dawn Dumont, Richard Van Camp, Lee Maracle, Will Cardinal, Chelsea Vowel and Katherena Vermette. Or discover new literary voices. Essential reading for learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures, these stories are now available to borrow and share through your public library website.
“The Government of Alberta is dedicated to advancing reconciliation and renewing our relationship with Indigenous peoples. This important project ensures Indigenous stories are accessible across the province.”—Honourable Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Investing in the future of Alberta book publishing
The Alberta government’s financial support for the Alberta eBooks project comes in addition to a $1.2M investment over four years that it recently committed to Alberta book publishing–an industry in critical need of provincial investment in order to recover and grow.
- Alberta eBooks, including the Prairie Indigenous collection, can be borrowed by all Alberta public library patrons through their local library website.
- Each eBook title can be borrowed simultaneously up to a circulation cap of 50 lends.
- Print copies of many Alberta eBooks titles are also available from library branches.
- All Alberta eBooks titles are available through the NNELS system for patrons with print disabilities.
- To date, the Alberta government has invested over $250,000 in the Alberta eBooks project.
- The BPAA has 31 members, including 28 book-publishing companies, many of which are owned and operated in Alberta.
- In 2016, the book-publishing industry contributed more than $18 million to the provincial GDP and accounted for more than 170 jobs.