Thursday, November 24, 2011

Kindle News: Penguin removed Kindle books from libraries, then restored them


Many will not have known that Penguin had them removed, to some outraged reactions from Kindle subscribers.

  The story for awhile was that Penguin was pulling ALL digital books from Overdrive's public library offerings, as something was not working for them.

  Then the story was that they were pulling only NEW releases, and that was why PDFs and ePubs were allowed to stay.  None of it smelled good.

  Overdrive's statement earlier today:
' Penguin eBook titles for lending to Kindle restored
November 23rd, 2011 Brianne Carlon

‘Get for Kindle’ for all Penguin eBooks in your catalog has been restored as of this morning. Penguin titles are available for check out by Kindle users and the Kindle format will be available for patrons who are currently on a waiting list for a Penguin title. Upcoming releases remain unavailable.

We apologize for the inconvenience this caused for your library and patrons.

At this time, no further information is available. We hope to share more details in the near future.

Brianne Carlon is a public relations specialist at OverDrive. '

PC Magazine's Chloe Albanesius writes that Penguin Group is negotiating with Amazon and Overdrive on security issues and that customers "will continue to have access to Penguin titles via the Amazon Kindle Library lending program at least until the end of the year, though new titles will not be added."

Penguin said Amazon hadn't been consulted by Overdrive about the terms of Penguin's agreement with OverDrive.  Albanesius says that this deal "required library e-book suppliers to make sure the files were protected by their firewalls."

It would seem by reading this that Amazon was deemed looser in their handling of library-loaned books.  Maybe Penguin Group doesn't like that Kindle customers' Amazon server libraries list the books for them as though they have it, but that is 'potentially' -- if they reborrow or buy.

Penguin has had a habit of removing their e-books from Amazon in what comes off as petulant style.  They're not gaining points with Kindle users, who do buy a lot of books.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this update. I was wondering what happened to my Overdrive lending "Wish List" a week or so ago when titles previously available for Kindle where no longer available. And then, mysteriously, available again last night! Now I know!



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