Penguin Cuts Off All Library Ebooks

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It looks like the meeting that the ALA held with major publishers on Wednesday went even worse than I thought. On Thursday afternoon Penguin announcedthat they were permanently ending their relationship with Overdrive.

In these ever changing times, it is vital that we forge relationships with libraries and build a future together. We care about preserving the value of our authors’ work as well as helping libraries continue to serve their communities. Our ongoing partnership with the ALA is more important than ever, and our recent talks with ALA leadership helped bring everything into focus.

Looking ahead, we are continuing to talk about our future plans for eBook and digital audiobook availability for library lending with a number of partners providing these services. Because of these discussions, as of February 10, 2012, Penguin will no longer offer additional copies of eBooks and audiobooks for purchase via Overdrive.

TBH, I’m not surprised. Penguin had already made this decision months ago; this was merely confirmation that it was permanent.

Update: And now it gets worse. Penguin also cut off the over-the-air Kindle support.

Starting tomorrow (February 10, 2012), Penguin will no longer offer additional copies of e-books and download audiobooks for library purchase. Additionally, Penguin eBooks loaned for reading on Kindle devices will need to be downloaded to a computer then transferred to the device over USB. For library patrons, this means Penguin eBooks will no longer be available for over-the-air delivery to Kindle devices or to Kindle apps.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. 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.


  1. Alan9 February, 2012

    I love being able to check out books from my library using Overdrive. Sometimes the books I check out are so useful as reference or I don’t finish them before they are due to be checked in so I buy them. Besides the 8 to 10 ebooks and audiobooks that I check out of my local library each month (using Overdrive), I usuually spend about between $100 and $200 a month on ebooks and audiobooks. Am I typical? Maybe not but I believe what publishers need are readers so I hope that Penguin finds a way to make their books available to libraries as ebooks via Overdrive or some other way. It would be good for all including Penguin.

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    That’s OK, those same ebooks are available on any bit torrent and that’s where Penguin is pushing their former customers.

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