January 23, 2022

OverDrive Tells Library Customers that Sales of Penguin Audiobooks Have Been Suspended

From a PaidContent Article by Laura Hazard Owen:

Hoping to skirt Penguin’s library e-book restrictions by checking out a hot new title as a digital audiobook instead? Sorry, that strategy will no longer work as Penguin changed its library policies again today

Digital Shift has the message that OverDrive, which distributes e-books to libraries, sent to its library partners today:
This change does not affect any Penguin audiobook titles currently in your library’s catalog. Your library will be able to purchase additional copies of titles released before 11/14/2011. However, titles released after this date and new releases will not be available, per instruction from the publisher.

As noted in the PaidContent article, on January 4th INFOdocket reported that Brilliance Audio (owned by Amazon.com) was also suspending sales to libraries. We contacted Brilliance Audio to learn mort. They referred us to the Amazon.com publication relations department. We never heard back from them.

Read the Complete Article PaidContet Report and Analysis

See Also: Penguin Further Narrows Library Access, Suspending Availability of Audiobook Titles (by Michael Kelley, Library Journal)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.