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OverDrive advocacy efforts and new services for library lending of digital books

Overdrive Blog – “Despite recent changes by some publishers regarding their policies for library lending and continued review of pricing models and digital book lending issues, the 2012 outlook for growing your digital book catalog with more options for your readers is encouraging. I share this opinion following dozens of advocacy meetings with executives from trade and educational publishers, publishing associations, author groups, library directors, consortia and leadership from ALA and PLA, as well as state and regional library groups.”

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Penguin Severs Ties with OverDrive

Publishers Weekly – “Penguin, which only offered backlist e-book titles for library lending, is terminating its contract with OverDrive, the library digital vendor, and starting February 10 will cease to offer any of its e-books or audiobooks to libraries. Penguin is negotiating a “continuance” agreement that will allow libraries that have already purchased Penguin e-books to continue to loan them.”

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New library e-catalogs offer expanded selection

AP – “Library users searching for e-books will soon get to look through a much bigger catalog and help decide what their local branch might carry. OverDrive Inc., a major e-distributor for libraries, announced Wednesday the launch of a vastly expanded list for patrons, featuring not just e-books available for lending, but hundreds of thousands of those which include a collected of Edgar Allan Poe stories edited by Michael Connelly to foreign-language titles. Viewers can look at excerpts, purchase books from a retailer or request that their library add an e-book that wasn’t being offered.”

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Entire eBook Catalogs to Be Available for Discovery, Sampling & Links to Booksellers

Press Release – “OverDrive, the leading global digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks to libraries and schools, will meet this week at the Frankfurt Book Fair with major and independent publishers and booksellers to share details of its new WIN Catalog. A key part of OverDrive’s WIN platform enhancements (“Want It Now”) for its network of 15,000 libraries worldwide, the WIN Catalog will maximize discovery and potential sell-through by providing samples and links to national and local booksellers for library website visitors that discover a title and “Want It Now.”
The WIN Catalog will feature complete long tail collections of eBook and audiobook titles that comprise a publisher’s catalog, 90% or more of which libraries do not have available for lending. Libraries that opt-in to offer access to OverDrive’s WIN Catalog will earn affiliate fees for all sales referred through a link from their public library website.”

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Kansas State Librarian Can Transfer Thousands of Titles from OverDrive to 3M at No Charge

LJ – “The Kansas state librarian is making steady gains in her unprecedented year-long battle to wrest the statewide consortium ebook collection from OverDrive’s platform and make it accessible, at no extra charge, on the new platform being offered by 3M. To sweeten its offering, 3M has been negotiating with Amazon to make the 3M Cloud Library compatible with the Kindle ereader and is taking a position diametrically opposed to OverDrive’s regarding the transfer of previously licensed digital content to a different vendor’s platform.”

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Amazon Kindle Library Lending Program Launches Into Quiet Beta

Techcrunch – “As reported earlier this year, Amazon and digital content distribution service OverDrive are teaming up to bring Kindle library lending to thousands of public libraries across the U.S. That partnership, rumored to be launching this month, has apparently now gone live in select locations. According to postings on Amazon’s Kindle Forum, some users are already seeing this option in the Seattle area. A page on Amazon’s website describing the new service has also gone live.”

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BPL Local Music Downloads

MarketWire- “The Boston Public Library is sharing Boston’s local music scene through the Internet by adding albums of area bands to its online collection of audio books, music and videos to lend to patrons through its website, as well as share with libraries around the world.”

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