There have been several announcements from publishers recently about changes in their eBook lending policies to libraries. Penguin Group is the latest to make such an announcement. Below is an excerpt from Overdrive’s email to its library partners. (Overdrive is the primary supplier of eBooks to public libraries, including libraries in the SAILS Library Network).
“Starting today (February 10, 2012), Penguin will no longer offer additional copies of eBooks and download audiobooks for library purchase. Additionally, Penguin eBooks loaned for reading on Kindle devices will need to be downloaded to a computer then transferred to the device over USB. For library patrons, this means Penguin eBooks will no longer be available for over-the-air delivery to Kindle devices or to Kindle apps.
Overdrive is continuing to talk to Penguin about their future plans for eBook and digital audiobook availability for library lending.”
Follow these links to find out more about this issue.
Penguin Group Terminating Its Contract with OverDrive
Why can’t you borrow that Penguin e-book from the library?