Library patrons will no longer just be readers, thanks to a new partnership between digital publishing company FastPencil and library technology provider Auto-Graphics. The partnership will turn libraries into publishers and library members into authors.

AppNewser has the story: “Essentially the partnership will assist library members in designing, publishing and selling eBooks that they have written through their local libraries. The platform is designed to help budding authors through every step of the book publishing process. It has a writing portal, a conversion tool, a publishing tool, and even a tool to upload and sell the book through FastPencil’s e-commerce marketplace. Patrons can use the platform to publish books in print and digital.”

Auto-Graphics EVP Robert Brown explained in a statement. “Libraries can now provide this resource to any would-be author, allowing them to create, publish and distribute their musings along-side the world’s finest authors in either a traditional or ebook format.”