Friday, February 10, 2012

Library e-Book News - Penguin, Kindle

Yesterday the Penguin Group, which includes the imprints Dutton, Dial Young Readers, Viking and Viking Books for Young Readers, announced that they have terminated their contract with OverDrive. OverDrive powers the Blue Ridge Download Consortium (BRDC), of which Fauquier County Public Library is a member. Penguin joins Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Brilliance Audio and Hachette Book Group, publishers who also do not sell/license e-books to libraries (and thus don't show up in the BRDC website). Only print books are available for purchase/lending by institutions like the Fauquier County Public Library.
What does this mean for Fauquier County Public Library patrons? 
  • Penguin will no longer offer additional/new copies of e-books and downloadable e-audio books for library purchase. 
  • Penguin e-books currently in our consortium will still be accessible, but that is subject to change, too.
  • Additionally, Penguin eBooks loaned for reading on Kindle devices will now need to be downloaded to a computer then transferred to the device over USB. This means Penguin e-books will no longer be available for wireless or "over-the-air" delivery to Kindle devices or to Kindle apps. Other e-books (non-Penguin) WILL still be available via wireless delivery to Kindle devices and Kindle apps.
For more information about the library's e-book and e-audio book offerings, visit our website or call/visit your local library.

You can also write to or call each publisher to urge a resolution to this development that will allow libraries to continue to serve their communities.  For your convenience, the addresses are provided below.

Macmillan Publishing
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7521

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000

Hachette Book Group
466 Lexington Avenue #131
New York, NY 10017
(212) 364-1100

Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000

Brilliance Audio
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256

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