Libraries, Publishers, eBooks & You

by Matt

We wanted to let you know about a (very) recent development regarding our digital collection. As of today (2/10), Penguin (publisher of popular authors like Nora Roberts, Ken Follett, Charlaine Harris and many others) will no longer offer copies of their eBooks and audiobooks to be purchased by libraries via OverDrive.

What does this mean?

Basically, it means that we will not be able to buy any more eBooks from Penguin. They have joined other ‘Big 6’ publishers Simon & Schuster and Macmillian in not letting libraries lend the eBooks they publish. We would love to be able to lend their eBooks, unfortunately we can’t.

What about the books the library has already purchased?

They will continue to be available. One BIG difference, however, is how Kindle editions are handled. According to an email from OverDrive, eBooks published by Penguin will no longer be available for over-the-air delivery via Wi-Fi. People with Kindles who want to read eBooks published by Penguin will have to download the title and transfer it to their Kindle via a USB cord. We’re not sure how this will work yet. We will be learning along with you.

The eBook segment of the publishing world is in the very early stages of development. It will continue to change as publishers, book sellers, and libraries experiment with new ways to provide eBooks to you. We will continue do our best to provide the books you want in the format you prefer.

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