As of February 10, 2012, Penguin Group USA will no longer sell eBooks or eAudiobooks to libraries through OverDrive. This announcement came after a series of meetings the American Library Association held with several major publishers regarding library eBook lending. On Thursday, February 9, OverDrive customers, including KDL, received this message,
“… 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.”
Penguin titles already purchased for KDL’s Digital Collection, including the bestseller The Help, will continue to be available. However, KDL will not be able to purchase any new Penguin titles in digital formats, and existing Penguin eBooks can now only be transferred to Kindle devices via a USB cable (and cannot be sent to Kindle apps at all.)
In 2011, KDL circulated over 113,000 eBooks, a 192% increase in digital content usage over 2010. The explosion in demand of these materials drove KDL to partner with OverDrive last fall, creating a digital collection specifically for KDL cardholders. Our Collection Development staff work diligently to stock our digital shelves, but publishers are making it more difficult to provide all of the content people want to read or listen to.
With this decision, Penguin joins the list of publishers who will not sell eBooks to libraries, along with Macmillan Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, and Brilliance Audio. Additionally, HarperCollins Publishers will sell eBooks for libraries to circulate, but they limit the availability of their titles to only 26 circulations before a “replacement” copy must be purchased.
If you wish to write to or call each publisher to convey your opinion, here is their contact information:
Posted by: Heidi