You may have seen the recent posts on this blog regarding Penguin and library eMaterials. Here is a brief update:
Penguin is no longer allowing libraries to purchase their eBooks or eAudiobooks. Additionally, Penguin eBooks are no longer compatible with Kindle apps, and must be transferred via USB onto a Kindle device. UPDATE: Penguin is now allowing libraries to do 1 year leases on their eBooks and Kindle books no longer have to be transferred via USB.
Penguin is not the first or only publisher that does not allow its eBooks to be a part of library eBook collections. Two other publishers of the big 6 do not allow it and have never allowed it. They are Macmillan Publishing and Simon & Schuster. UPDATE: Simon & Schuster is in an eBook pilot program with select libraries. Macmillan has eBooks available to libraries that have an OverDrive plan that is not feasible for the Chester County Library System. For the libraries that can purchase Macmillan titles, there is a two year or 52 checkout limit.
Additionally, HarperCollins only allows eBooks purchased by libraries to be checked out 26 times. After 26 downloads the library has to buy an additional copy or the eBook will no longer be available. Fortunately HarperCollins has the eBooks available for libraries to rent, but the model that they are using is costly for libraries.
Brilliance Audio (which is owned by Amazon) also announced recently that it would no longer sell eAudiobooks to libraries. There is no effect on the titles we already own, but we will not be able to purchase new titles or additional copies.
There have been some improvements for library eMaterials in the past six months. Kindle users were finally able to start using library eBooks this past fall! Also, the updated OverDrive app has added, among other things, the capability of returning eAudiobooks early
(the OverDrive Media Console software for the computer does not have this capability). UPDATE: The OverDrive Media Console software for computers can now return mp3 Audiobooks early.
If you would like the library to have eBooks or eAudiobooks of some of your favorite authors (J.D. Robb, Jennifer Weiner, Jeffrey Archer, Vince Flynn, Jodi Picoult, Jeannette Walls, and Johanna Lindsey to name a few) published by the following companies, please contact them and let them know.
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417