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Upsetting changes for Penguin titles in OverDrive collections

The friendly little bird in the Penguin Group Penguin Group logologo is not so friendly to public library users today. Penguin will no longer supply ebooks and audiobooks for lending through OverDrive, and the lending process for already-purchased Penguin ebooks in OverDrive collections has become more restrictive for Kindle users. From an email from OverDrive posted at InfoDocket:

Starting tomorrow (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.

We are continuing to talk to Penguin about their future plans for eBook and digital audiobook availability for library lending.

Source: Penguin Group Terminating Its Contract with OverDrive

Wondering how other librarians are planning to break the news to patrons? The Librarian in Black and Librarian by Day blogs have some suggestions.



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