CLEVELAND—March 28, 2014—OverDrive announced today that more than 17,000 Penguin Group (USA) eBooks are now available for school digital libraries in the United States. Educators now have access to Penguin Group’s full catalog of bestselling and classic titles, previously offered only to public libraries. Continue reading 17,000 Penguin ebooks available to U.S. school libraries via OverDrive
Great news from Penguin yesterday. They will remove the 6 month embargo period for library licenses. Other limitations are also expected to be removed. See the full article in ALA’s E-content blog – http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/e-content/penguin-revisits-library-pilot-terms
Here is a brief snip from the blog post:
Penguin Group USA revealed today that, as of April 2, it will remove the six-month embargo on ebook titles licensed to libraries and instead offer new titles immediately after they are released in the consumer market. Other pilot terms are expected to continue, including a one-year expiration date on ebooks licensed to libraries and library pricing similar to what is offered to individual consumers.
It’s been coming for months. Today Penguin announced it has ended its relationship with OverDrive. Starting tomorrow, it will no longer sell e-books and audiobooks to OverDrive for library lending. Interestingly, ALA and Big Six publishers met last week to discuss library e-book lending. In an article in paidcontent.org, Laura Hazard Owen points out ALA’s concern about statements publishers made regarding “friction.” Publishers felt a degree of friction existed with physical book checkout – involving 2 trips to the library. They felt the online availability would alter the friction calculation. My response to that….clearly they have never tried to download an e-book from the public library. According to Library Journal’s patron profiles, 23% of ebook patrons reported being unsuccessful in borrowing ebooks because of technical difficulty, while almost 44% could not do so because of title unavailability.” That’s a lot of friction.
Here are some articles with more of the story:
And others added after the original post:
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:
From an OverDrive Press Release:
OverDrive Expands International Distribution for eBooks & Audiobooks
Leading booksellers and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Norway, and the UK join global network
(Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2010) – Consumer Electronics Show – OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the global leader in eBook and audiobook distribution, announced today that it recently entered into agreements with top booksellers, publishers, and libraries on five continents. OverDrive will demonstrate its global network and success in enabling access to 400,000 digital books on popular devices, including PC, Mac®, iPod®, iPhone®, Zune®, Sony® Reader™, nook™, and DROID™ by Motorola®, at CES booth #12145 on January 7-10, 2010.
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Penguin ebooks can be downloaded in Microsoft Reader, Adobe, or Palm formats. In addition to lots of fiction, bestsellers, and self-help titles, they have about 300 reference titles, many of which are the “idiots” guides.