May 20, 2022

More Than 17,000 Penguin Titles (New & Backlist) Now Available to OverDrive’s U.S. Library Partners

Penguin titles, both new and backlist, are once again available from OverDrive.

3M Cloud Library has offered access to Penguin ebook titles to all library customers since late Fall 2012.

Today’s News From OverDrive

Here’s a portion of what OverDrive Library Partners received in a email this AM. The number of titles available is actually 17,000.

Special note to the sentence near the bottom of the letter about Penguin titles only being available to Kindle users via “side-loading”. In other words, library users who are used to wireless loading of ebooks to their Kindle devices will be required to complete the side-loading process to read Penguin titles.

Update: OverDrive’s Digital Library Blog has posted about today’s news.

From the OverDrive Blog Post:

Penguin’s eBooks are available for public and college libraries, including consortium, in the U.S. in the one copy/one user lending model for a one year term.  Availability of the Penguin eBooks to libraries outside the U.S. is coming soon.


Popular new releases such as Clive Cussler’s “Mirage” and Patricia Cornell’s latest Kay Scarpetta novel “Dust” will be priced at $18.99. Backlist favorites will range from $5.99 -$9.99.

A Brief Chronology of Penguin Ebooks and Libraries (2011-2013)

March 2013
Penguin Lifts Library Ebook Purchase Embargo (via The Digital Shift) 

November 2012
Penguin Working with Baker & Taylor to Expand Ebook Lending to Libraries, Audiobook Lending Also Coming

November 2012
Why Might A Publisher Pull Its E-Books From Libraries? (via paidContent)

October 2012
Penguin Ebook Pilot Test Expands Beyond NYC (via The Digital Shift) 

October 2012
Penguin E-Books Lending Service Expected to Be Available For All 3M Cloud Library Customers by End of 2012

June 2012
Pilot Project: 3M Cloud Library Will Provide Two New York Libraries Access to Penguin Ebooks 

February 2012
Penguin Group Terminating Its Contract with OverDrive

February 2012
Penguin Restores Kindle Lending, but Still Not Providing Digital Editions of New Titles (via The Digital Shift)

November 21, 2011
OverDrive & Penguin: Is Something Steve Potash Wrote in February a Clue to What’s Going On?

November 21, 2011
OverDrive Suspends Access to New Penguin eBook Titles, “Get For Kindle” Access Also Shutdown

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Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.