Kindle users, especially, will want to read this news flash: the Free Library learned Monday afternoon that Penguin Publishers has notified OverDrive, the vendor through which we provide ebooks to library customers, that it is reviewing terms for library lending of their ebooks. (Penguin published The Help, and numerous other popular titles.) In the interim, OverDrive was instructed to suspend availability of new Penguin eBook titles from our library catalog and to disable “Get for Kindle” functionality for all Penguin eBooks. OverDrive staff has told us that they are actively working with Penguin on this issue and hope Penguin will agree to restore access to their new titles and Kindle availability as soon as possible.
For more information about this ebook development, please see this blog post: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2011/11/ebooks/penguin-group-usa-to-no-longer-allow-library-lending-of-new-ebook-titles/
We have contacted Penguin as well as OverDrive, and will keep you updated about any additional changes. We apologize for any inconvenience