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Penguin ends OverDrive e-library deal due to Amazon link

updated 03:10 pm EST, Fri February 10, 2012

Penguin didn't have Amazon permission for lending

Penguin's recent decision to pull its e-books and digital audiobooks from libraries is because it didn't have permission to distribute the borrowed books by forwarding users to Amazon, INFOdocket said. OverDrive only had relationships in place with publishers, who can store and serve library end users' e-books. It doesn't have the authority to send users to Amazon or any other retailer to actually check out the book, the report continues.

Publishers don't usually permit retailers to lend e-books to users. The change applies only to wireless lending to users who have Kindle e-book readers.

Libraries that have e-books and digital audiobooks in stock will carry on lending them, however. Starting Friday, Penguin will no longer offer copies of e-books and audiobooks for purchase by libraries. The only way users can copy the e-books onto their Kindles is to download them to a computer and then sideload them over a USB connection.

Before, users could easily download loaned e-books from Amazon's site, with the process very similar to actually buying a book from Amazon. [via MocoNews]



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