Kansas Library Consortium now leaving OverDrive & taking their ebooks with them

Kansas Library Consortium now leaving OverDrive & taking their ebooks with them Digital Library Earlier today I posted over on eBookNewser about 3M Cloud Library. 3M will be demoing their new system at the ALA conference later this week, and today they announced that they'd signed a couple new publishers. They also announced that the new Cloud Library would go into beta this summer. One of their beta partners will be the Kansas Digital Library Consortium.

One detail I didn't know at the time was that the KDLC had decided to end the contract with Overdrive and go with 3M. I had heard that the contract was up for renewal, and the KDLC weren't happy about a price spike. But I didn't realize that they were planning to _leave_.

The KDLC spent over half a million dollars on digital content with OverDrive, and they plan to take that content with them as the core of their new digital library (as provided by 3M).

What's even more interesting about this is that the contract says they can because the KDLC owns the content. (Would you be surprised to find out that the new contract won't let KDLC transfer the content?)

"... (i)n the event of termination, DLR [OverDrive] will cooperate with the Consortium to transfer any and all Digital Products and content purchased from DLR or independently owned by Consortium to another service provider to permit Library to continue to serve its Patrons with Digital Products. For Digital Products that Consortium has purchased from DLR, Consortium shall obtain permissions and consent from the owners of the Digital Product authorizing DLR to transfer the Content."

Of course, there's no guarantee that they can get publisher's approval. Do you remember back when Fictionwise and Overdrive ended their relationship? Most everyone who had bought ebooks from Fictionwise lost at least a few ebooks. The KDLC are probably going to lose a bunch of titles for much the same reason; publishers won't let them transfer the content.

3M haven't even launched the Cloud Library yet, and they're already having a positive effect on the market. Ain't competition grand?

image by The DLC

Nate Hoffelder

View posts by Nate Hoffelder
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

7 Comments

  1. Peter S Hart20 June, 2011

    That’s what true free-market capitalism is all about.

    Reply
  2. Olympia Press20 June, 2011

    3M, from out of nowhere*, is the Overdrive competitor many of us had been hoping for for a decade or more.

    *Well, folks like Guy Gonzalez explained to me that, via RFID tags and such, 3M has actually been in the library market for a very long time.

    Reply
  3. fjtorres21 June, 2011

    Competition is great.
    But… I’m a-wondering…
    The Kindle library ebooks feature is a coop effort between Amazon and Overdrive.
    It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Kindle users in Kansas try to get library ebooks.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder21 June, 2011

      They won’t be able to read them on the Kindle.

      Reply
      1. fjtorres21 June, 2011

        That would be expectation if 3m is working off TXTR tech.
        That’s why I’m wondering what end user reaction might be like.

        Reply
    2. Angela3 September, 2011

      3M is also planning to have their eBooks be compatible with the Kindle. It may take slightly longer than it will with Overdrive, but Overdrive has no exclusive deal with Amazon on this issue.

      Reply
  4. […] The Kansas state librarian (with the backing of the Kansas attorney general’s office) is termi… and moving their content elsewhere, due to contract language that suggests they purchased rather than licensed the content from OverDrive. […]

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to top
%d bloggers like this: