What are your library payment options?

Draft2Digital utilizes two payment structures, simultaneously, for books distributed to library systems: OCOU and CPC. Both payment structures are turned on for your account by default, and OCOU is required for library distribution, and cannot be disabled.

Here’s how they work:

OCOU: Most public libraries lend ebooks and audiobooks just as they lend physical books. Once the book is checked out, it is no longer available for other patrons to borrow until it has been returned. This checkout practice is referred to as “One Copy, One User” (OCOU). If a library wants to lend to more than one person at a time, they must purchase each book copy separately, at the full purchase price, just as they would for physical copies.

CPC: Cost Per Checkout (CPC) allows libraries access to the same title for more than one user. Instead of a fixed price for a single copy, libraries are granted access to a title and then pay per each loan of the book. For each checkout through CPC, the cost to libraries is 1/10 of the purchase price.*

This means that though the author does not receive the full purchase price per checkout, there is an opportunity for more books (an unlimited amount) to be checked out at once. This reduces the cost for libraries to offer the book to more patrons at the same time, and allows librarians to offer unlimited checkouts for books their patrons want. CPC reduces the risk of promoting your book to patrons, since libraries will only have to pay a percentage on just the books that are checked out.

This increases your book’s exposure to new readers, and thus can increase its “discoverability,” or the odds that new readers will find and enjoy your work.

NOTE: You will be able to see estimated royalties on the Publish Page for your book.

When you choose Draft2Digital Library Distribution services, you will automatically be subscribed to the CPC model where available. If you would like to avoid using the CPC model you can turn this option off by changing your settings in Account.

Availability One copy, one user Multiple Copies, multiple users
Library Cost Fixed price per book 1/10 price of full purchase price*
D2D Library Distribution Always on On by default, removable
Discoverabilty Low High
Term Length Book is purchased to own On opt-out, book is unavailable

* CPC pricing for Hoopla is based on a tiered pricing model, rather than 1/10 of the full purchase price