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Macmillan Expands Library eBook Lending, Promises to Keep Prices High

October 17th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · library ebooks → 3 Comments

It’s6140017255_815f69e70e[1] been just over 6 months since Macmillan entered the library ebook market with a small pilot program, and today they are expanding that pilot to include all backlist titles from Macmillan imprints.

That’s 11 thousand titles in total, but it unfortunately does not include Macmillan’s frontlist titles.


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OverDrive Disables Kindle Support Due to Glitch – Promises to Restore Support ASAP

October 14th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · library ebooks → No Comments

Ifoverdrive logo you have been trying to check out an ebook from an OverDrive library today and you noticed a warning message about Kindle support, don’t worry. This appears to be a temporary glitch that OverDrive has promised to fix momentarily.
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Kobo Signs New Affiliate Deal With 3M Cloud Library

October 10th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · ebookstore news, library ebooks → No Comments

K4609210182_84e0c07e7f[1]obo announced yesterday that they were joining OverDrive and Bilbary in offering libraries the opportunity to earn a commission on ebooks bought by their patrons.

They’ve signed a deal with 3M Cloud Library to integrate the platform with the Kobo ebookstore. Partner libraries will be able to add a new “Buy and Donate” button to their websites. Once patrons click the button they will be taken to the Kobo website. Any books purchased by the patron will earn the library partner a small fee.
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OverDrive Added a Record 8,000 New Partner Libraries in the Past Year

October 7th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · library ebooks → 3 Comments

overdrive logoOverDrive is getting ready to exhibit at Frankfurt Book Fair later this week, and today they put out a press release tooting their own horn. While I would normally be inclined to ignore their press release, after I researched the figures I realized that there were indeed a few newsworthy details.
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Penguin Relaxes Kindle Restrictions on Library eBooks

September 27th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · library ebooks → No Comments

overdriveOverDrive announced some good news Thursday afternoon.

Random Penguin Solutions has changed their mind on the Penguin ebooks which OverDrive is now selling to partner libraries. Library patrons can now transfer the ebooks they have checked out to their Kindle over Whispercast and not just over USB.

That’s good news for users, but it’s still not great news. OverDrive might be carrying 17,000 Penguin titles now but they are still licensed under a 1 year expiring license.


Penguin eBooks Are Once Again Available via OverDrive

September 25th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · library ebooks → No Comments

4609212148_777c6fdd52[1]Penguin ended their 2-year-old OverDrive boycott today.

There’s a new post on the OverDrive blog this morning which reports the news that “more than 17,000 Penguin ebooks are now live and available for purchase” to OverDrive partner libraries. Readers will now be able to find their favorite Penguin titles in their local libraries.
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A Year of Library/Consumer eBook Price Comparisons: Has Anything Changed?

August 29th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · library ebooks → 6 Comments

4450159189_bb55b7b695[1]For the past year librarians with the Douglas County (CO) Libraries have been publishing a monthly price list which compared the retail price for an ebook with the price a library would have to pay (if they can buy the title at all).

The 12th such price list was compiled a few weeks back, and the librarians who compiled it took a moment to reflect on how the library ebook market has changed.

The short answer is that it hasn’t changed very much.
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Dresden Municipal Libraries Expands Library eBook program to Include All of Germany

August 2nd, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · library ebooks → 1 Comment

336_medienetage[1]The major US publishers are notably averse to library ebooks, so today’s news is probably making them dyspeptic.

The Dresden Municipal Libraries announced this morning that they were expanding their digital library program. Starting today, any resident of Germany can now register online for a library card and check out ebooks, music, and video.

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Librarians, Gov’t Officials Call For Fair Library eBook Prices

July 30th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · library ebooks → 2 Comments

5736110401_14cef92cd9[1]A “mice voting to bell the cat” story crossed my desk last week, and while I was tempted to ignore it for that reason something tells me it is an early sign of a growing trend.

The Montgomery County (MD) Council passed a resolution last week that condemned the current pricing library ebook pricing policies of the Big 6/5 publisher and called on:
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Baker & Taylor Launches New axisReader App for Library eBooks

May 6th, 2013 by Nate Hoffelder · Android, library ebooks, software news → 3 Comments

axisReader logo Do you like library ebooks?

Baker & Taylor has just made it easier to check out and download library ebooks. They’ve just announced axisReader, a new reading app for Android, iPad, and iPhone which is integrated into B&T’s Axis360 platform.
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