A preservation effort Lubuto embarked upon several years ago has led us to pursue a unique partnership with the Zambian Education Publishing House (ZEPH) that will support their sales of reprinted Zambian literature. While Lubuto libraries’ policy is to include 100% of what is published for young people in Zambia, that literature is scarcely in print in Zambian languages. In discussion with ZEPH’s publishing and marketing officials we established that the digital editions Lubuto is working to preserve not only would not hurt sales of the reprinted books but, along with stocking them in non-circulating Lubuto libraries, would actually promote knowledge of and sales of the books.

While librarians and publishers have traditionally been natural partners, the advent of ebooks has strained the traditional relationship in some areas. We are happy to present an example of how a digitization project actually forged a new partnership between a publishing house and a library, to the benefit of all.