A flurry of blog posts and news articles are appearing related to the Penguin announcement to suspend library lending of titles. Here are a few articles of interest:
Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy at INFODocket are asking some very important questions about end-user privacy when borrowing OverDrive library books through a third party vendor site (Amazon). The post asks:
- Is Amazon collecting download information?
- Is Amazon saving library download info permanently?
- If not, how long will they keep it? Is there a retention policy?
- Can you provide any info about privacy as it relates to OverDrive/Amazon?
- Will the library books you borrow be used by Amazon to provide recommendations of books for you to purchase?
- Is there a link to scrub all of your personal “library” data from Amazon.com’s servers with a single click?
- Do OverDrive and Amazon.com have any suggestions about how to make the entire process clearer to users?
- How would they respond to the issue that, since the service is being marketed by libraries, users might incorrectly think library privacy policies may still apply?
More information about this issue is available via the INFODocket blog post.
Just received this OverDrive press release in email:
In a move highly anticipated since its initial announcement in April, public libraries and schools in the U.S. can now lend eBooks for the Amazon® Kindle. OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) announced today that it has begun adding Kindle compatibility to all of the U.S. public and school libraries in its network and expects to have all sites updated within days. This is a very significant step in a series of OverDrive WIN platform enhancements to streamline user experience and help libraries meet the increased demand for eBooks.
OverDrive, the leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital content, supplies 15,000 public and school libraries worldwide and more than 11,000 in the U.S. To see if your local library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search. Continue reading
Picked up this news from Nate Hoffelder’s tweet (@thDigitalReader)
From the Amazon Press Release (9/21):
Amazon.com today announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States. When a customer borrows a Kindle library book, they’ll have all of the unique features they love about Kindle books, including Whispersync, which automatically synchronizes their margin notes, highlights and bookmarks, real page numbers, Facebook and Twitter integration, and more. For more information about borrowing library books for your Kindle or free Kindle apps, go to www.amazon.com/kindle/publiclibraries. To start checking out Kindle library books, visit your local library’s website. Continue reading
Good news from OverDrive for those librarians seeking professional development titles in eBook format. OverDrive announced on Sept. 6th that ALA Editions and Information Today are now publishing partners. ALA Editions is offering 75 titles, which will likely grow. No word on the number of Information Today titles. Thanks to INFODocket for tweeting this one.
OverDrive’s road-trip with the Digital Bookmobile started today. I’ve never seen the Digital Bookmobile up close and in person. Hopefully some of you can stop by one of the tour stops for a look. The first tour last year was over 80K miles. Here’s more from the OverDrive press release:
To help libraries and schools educate consumers about the growing eBook explosion, The Digital Bookmobile will return to the road for a national tour allowing readers across the country to discover free downloads from libraries. The tour resumes today, August 1, at Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland and will continue across North America, including stops in Ohio, Virginia, District of Columbia and Texas. The Digital Bookmobile will also showcase eBooks, audiobooks and more at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on September 24 and 25.
Each event will showcase the local public or K-12 library’s ‘Virtual Branch’ website where users can browse, check out and download titles anytime, anywhere with just a library card and an Internet connection. To see if the Digital Bookmobile will stop at your library, visit www.digitalbookmobile.com. To find a library near you that offers the service, visit http://search.overdrive.com/. Continue reading
From an OverDrive blog post: The days of having to dig your library card out when you’re trying to download an eBook at the doctor’s office (or park, or airport terminal, or a bar mitzvah) are over. With the latest update to OverDrive-powered mobile sites, users will have the option for their devices to store their library card numbers.
Starting now, when customers check out a title, the device will have a box where they can check “Remember me on this device.” The device will then hold the characters in its memory for 90 days after each use. This is an optional service. If a library requires a pin, it will still be required to check out titles.
This update is a part of OverDrive WIN, a series of platform enhancements that will streamline user experience and provide access to more content. Check back to see more enhancements to your service.
During the ALA Conference I interviewed Dan Stasiewski, Public Relations Manager at OverDrive. Dan and I discussed the new WIN platform and the enhanced OverDrive Help which will launch in a few months. Dan provides some details on DRM, formats, patron-driven acquisition, and simultaneous use titles.
Dan’s interview along with 40+ others are available on the NSR interviews page.
ALA is a great time to connect with librarians and publishers for audio interviews. Today I met with Dan Stasiewski at OverDrive to discuss the new OverDrive WIN platform features and Rick Lumsden from Encyclopaedia Britannica to discuss the new Britannica eBook platform. Tomorrow I’ll be with Matt Barnes of ebrary to discuss the new PDA business model and a recent survey ebrary conducted on downloadable ebooks. I hope to get these posted early next week. Stay tuned.
This announcement from OverDrive to offer 1500 DRM free eBook titles from O’Reilly is in relation to the new WIN platform. Great news!