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Penguin ends e-book library lending.

From the website paidcontent.org 

“Three months of library drama are coming to a climax this evening (2/9/2012) as big-six publisher Penguin announced that it is ending its relationship with digital library distributor OverDrive. Starting tomorrow, it will stop offering e-books and digital audiobooks to libraries—at least until it finds a new partner.  With this move, Random House becomes the only big-six publisher to allow unrestricted access to its e-books in libraries—though it will raise prices beginning in March.”

In Allegany County we cannot keep up with patron demand for eBooks.  Our use has quadrupled (YTD) and to lose another source of content is disappointing at best.     To me this is another example of publishers practicing protectionism instead of innovation and adaptation to the changing  market place of media.

If you wish to express your discontent with your inability to borrow ebooks from your tax funded public library feel free to write the publishers.

Contact information for publishers

Macmillan Publishing
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-7521

Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 698-7000

Hachette Book Group
466 Lexington Avenue #131
New York, NY 10017
(212) 364-1100

Penguin Group
375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000

Brilliance Audio
1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256


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