A flurry of blog posts and news articles are appearing related to the Penguin announcement to suspend library lending of titles. Here are a few articles of interest:
Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy at INFODocket are asking some very important questions about end-user privacy when borrowing OverDrive library books through a third party vendor site (Amazon). The post asks:
- Is Amazon collecting download information?
- Is Amazon saving library download info permanently?
- If not, how long will they keep it? Is there a retention policy?
- Can you provide any info about privacy as it relates to OverDrive/Amazon?
- Will the library books you borrow be used by Amazon to provide recommendations of books for you to purchase?
- Is there a link to scrub all of your personal “library” data from Amazon.com’s servers with a single click?
- Do OverDrive and Amazon.com have any suggestions about how to make the entire process clearer to users?
- How would they respond to the issue that, since the service is being marketed by libraries, users might incorrectly think library privacy policies may still apply?
More information about this issue is available via the INFODocket blog post.
Just received this OverDrive press release in email:
In a move highly anticipated since its initial announcement in April, public libraries and schools in the U.S. can now lend eBooks for the Amazon® Kindle. OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) announced today that it has begun adding Kindle compatibility to all of the U.S. public and school libraries in its network and expects to have all sites updated within days. This is a very significant step in a series of OverDrive WIN platform enhancements to streamline user experience and help libraries meet the increased demand for eBooks.
OverDrive, the leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital content, supplies 15,000 public and school libraries worldwide and more than 11,000 in the U.S. To see if your local library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive Search. Continue reading OverDrive Press Release about Kindle lending launch – sites up within days
Picked up this news from Nate Hoffelder’s tweet (@thDigitalReader)
From the Amazon Press Release (9/21):
Amazon.com today announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States. When a customer borrows a Kindle library book, they’ll have all of the unique features they love about Kindle books, including Whispersync, which automatically synchronizes their margin notes, highlights and bookmarks, real page numbers, Facebook and Twitter integration, and more. For more information about borrowing library books for your Kindle or free Kindle apps, go to www.amazon.com/kindle/publiclibraries. To start checking out Kindle library books, visit your local library’s website. Continue reading Kindle Books Now Available at over 11,000 Local Libraries
Good news from OverDrive for those librarians seeking professional development titles in eBook format. OverDrive announced on Sept. 6th that ALA Editions and Information Today are now publishing partners. ALA Editions is offering 75 titles, which will likely grow. No word on the number of Information Today titles. Thanks to INFODocket for tweeting this one.
OverDrive’s academic catalog grows even more robust as titles from the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, ALA Editions, and Information Today are added. Continue reading OverDrive adds ALA Editions and Information Today titles to collections
OverDrive’s road-trip with the Digital Bookmobile started today. I’ve never seen the Digital Bookmobile up close and in person. Hopefully some of you can stop by one of the tour stops for a look. The first tour last year was over 80K miles. Here’s more from the OverDrive press release:
To help libraries and schools educate consumers about the growing eBook explosion, The Digital Bookmobile will return to the road for a national tour allowing readers across the country to discover free downloads from libraries. The tour resumes today, August 1, at Cuyahoga County Public Library in Cleveland and will continue across North America, including stops in Ohio, Virginia, District of Columbia and Texas. The Digital Bookmobile will also showcase eBooks, audiobooks and more at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. on September 24 and 25.
Each event will showcase the local public or K-12 library’s â€˜Virtual Branch’ website where users can browse, check out and download titles anytime, anywhere with just a library card and an Internet connection. To see if the Digital Bookmobile will stop at your library, visit www.digitalbookmobile.com. To find a library near you that offers the service, visit http://search.overdrive.com/. Continue reading OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile starts road-trip
From an OverDrive blog post: The days of having to dig your library card out when you’re trying to download an eBook at the doctor’s office (or park, or airport terminal, or a bar mitzvah) are over. With the latest update to OverDrive-powered mobile sites, users will have the option for their devices to store their library card numbers.
Starting now, when customers check out a title, the device will have a box where they can check “Remember me on this device.” The device will then hold the characters in its memory for 90 days after each use. This is an optional service. If a library requires a pin, it will still be required to check out titles.
This update is a part of OverDrive WIN, a series of platform enhancements that will streamline user experience and provide access to more content. Check back to see more enhancements to your service.
During the ALA Conference I interviewed Dan Stasiewski, Public Relations Manager at OverDrive. Dan and I discussed the new WIN platform and the enhanced OverDrive Help which will launch in a few months. Dan provides some details on DRM, formats, patron-driven acquisition, and simultaneous use titles.
This announcement from OverDrive to offer 1500 DRM free eBook titles from O’Reilly is in relation to the new WIN platform. Great news!
Great news from Ohio today – the Ohio Metro Library Directors and OverDrive met to discuss various eBook challenges. OverDrive will launch Overdrive WIN, a series of platform enhancements this June.
More from the press release: As a result of unprecedented demand for eBooks, library directors, advocacy groups, and readers challenged leading eBook supplier OverDrive to find equitable and sustainable solutions to balance the interests of libraries and publishers. Key priorities for librarians include streamlined steps for customers to discover and borrow eBooks on a variety of platforms and devices, strong publisher support for library eBook lending programs, and additional options for digital book collections to meet the swell in demand. Continue reading New – OverDrive WIN – platform enhancements that support libraries and offer patron driven acquisition
More great news for OverDrive users. The new Windows phone app is available for download from the Windows Phone Marketplace.
More from the press release: Readers at 15,000 public, school, and corporate libraries can now download eBooks and audiobooks directly to their Windows Phone with the free OverDrive® Media Consoleâ„¢ app. This new app enables users to find a library that offers digital books, and then download and enjoy EPUB eBooks, as well as MP3 audiobooks, on their device. Libraries offer bestselling titles, such as “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen and “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, which can now be borrowed and enjoyed on popular Windows Phone devices, such as LG Quantumâ„¢, Samsung Focusâ„¢, and HTC Trophyâ„¢. Continue reading OverDrive app for Windows phone now available
Sorry for the long list, I was out last week and didn’t get to post this.
ALA TechSource has just opened registration for the upcoming webinar series on e-books and e-readers. I hope you can join us.
Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library
with Sue Polanka
Two 90-minute sessions
Thursdays 8/4/11 and 8/11/11
2:30 — 4:00 PM EDT | 1:30 — 3:00 PM CDT
12:30 — 2:00 PM MDT | 11:30 AM — 1:00 PM PDT
With the exploding popularity of e-books and e-reading devices, librarians are grappling with how to effectively integrate them into their services and collections. Sue Polanka is back by popular demand to present this two-session ALA TechSource workshop on how to go about it. With her practical guidance you will learn how to begin purchasing and lending e-books for your library, and how to purchase e-reading devices for patron use. Continue reading ALA TechSource webinar series – Integrating E-Books and E-Readers into Your Library
From an OverDrive press release:
Educational and academic publishers can now reach schools around the world with hundreds of K-12 and higher education libraries now in OverDrive‘s global network. New eBook publishers supplying to OverDrive-powered school, college, and university libraries include Houghton Mifflin, Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, Kaeden Publishing, Barnes Report, and ALA Editions. They join Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., Disney Digital Books, Elsevier Science, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Scholastic, Taylor & Francis, and many others in providing digital books to libraries via OverDrive. Continue reading OverDrive accelerates eBook distribution for K-12 and higher education markets
From Eric Hellman’s blog, Go To Hellman – The fourth section my book chapter on Open Access eBooks looks at theier relationship with libraries. I previously posted the Introduction, What does Open Access mean for eBooks and Business Models for Creation of Open Access E-Books. I’ll be posting one more section, a conclusion.
Thank you for all of your comments; the completed chapter (and OA eBook) will be better for them.
Libraries and Open Access E-Books
One of the missions of libraries is to provide access to all sorts of information, including e-books. If an e-book is already open access, what role is left for libraries play?
Here’s a thought-experiment for libraries: imagine that the library’s entire collection is digital. Should it include Shakespeare? Should it include Moby Dick? These are available as public domain works from Project Gutenberg; providing these editions in a library collection might seem to be superfluous. Many librarians have been trying to convince their patrons that “free stuff on the Internet” is often inferior to the quality information available through libraries. There are certainly e-book editions of these works available for purchase with better illustrations, better editing, annotations, etc. Should libraries try to steer patrons to these resources instead of using the free stuff? Continue reading Open Access eBooks, part 4, by Eric Hellman
From OverDrive: Author and self-publisher J.A. Konrath (a.k.a. Jack Kilborn) will be a featured speaker at Digipalooza 2011. Konrath has authored 22 eBook titles that are available through OverDrive public, school, and college libraries. He has sold more than 300,000 eBooks. OverDrive’s 3rd international user group conference will be held in downtown Cleveland, July 28-31, 2011. The biennial event will provide hundreds of librarians interaction with representatives from HarperCollins Publishers, Books on Tape (a division of Random House), John Wiley & Sons, AudioGO, Blackstone Audiobooks, and Brilliance Audio. Digipalooza has been recognized as a leading forum for librarians to network and share “best practices” on maximizing the value and circulation of eBooks and digital audiobooks while interacting with publishers and industry leaders. Continue reading Self-publishing author J.A. Konrath to headline OverDrive’s Digipalooza 2011
A summary of the various articles about Amazon’s announcement to work with libraries via OverDrive, plus a couple of others on Amazon.
Kindle Library Lending and OverDrive — What it means for libraries and schools – OverDrive blog post
Amazon Continues to Push Book innovation with Library Lending and Ad-Supported Kindles – Scholarly Kitchen
I never thought I’d see the day! Great news Amazon and OverDrive. News release from Kindle here.
From a Publishers Weekly article: Amazon announced this morning that Kindle owners will soon be able to borrow books from public libraries. Working with vendor OverDrive, which manages e-book lending for the vast majority of public libraries, the deal will make thousands of titles available via more than 11,000 of OverDrive’s public library partners. To date, Kindle has been noticeably absent from library lending, as OverDrive’s service worked only with ePub-enabled devices, including the Sony Reader, the Nook, iPads, and smartphones. Amazon officials said that with Kindle Library Lending, library-ebooks managed by OverDrive will now be available for all generations of Kindle devices and for use with free Kindle reading apps on most other devices, including Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.
The service will launch later this year.
From an OverDrive blog post:
OverDrive has made some enhancements to the apps for Android and iOS. They include:
OverDrive Media Console for Android (v2.2)
- Sepia display option for eBooks
- Screen-dimming override for eBooks
- Faster EPUB performance
- Sleep timer for audiobooks
OverDrive Media Console for iPhone/iPad (v2.2.1)
- Orientation lock for eBooks
- Night mode and sepia display option for eBooks
- Screen lock override for eBooks
- Improved range of font size settings
- In-app library “Website Finder”
Two great articles in Library Journal yesterday. The first article summarized the comments of Josh Marwell, president of sales at Harper Collins regarding the 26 check-out rule. Marwell sat on a panel as part of “eBooks: Collections at the Crossroads,” a symposium organized by the Connecticut Library Consortium (#clctrendspotting, #clcebooks).
Clip from article:
“Is 26 set in stone? No. It’s our number for now, but we want to hear back. Immediately. Honestly, it doesn’t make sense that one size fits all. We consider it a work in progress. But this is the number that we have now,” he said.
“I invite you to test the water. Use it. Give us feedback. We’re in the water. We want to be here,” he said, noting that the company wants to sell ebooks to libraries and has been doing so for ten years. Marwell pointed out that HarperCollins has been hearing “quietly” from some librarians who are going to see how the new policy works for them.
“We try to be intelligent about our policy,” he said. “And when we landed on 26, the information that we had was that most books don’t circulate 26 times. In terms of the long tail, this particular number probably works for a different part of the collection. We realize it doesn’t work for the best sellers.” Continue reading “26” not set-in stone, OverDrive challenged on access fees