May 22, 2022

Change of Plans at OverDrive: You CAN Now Download Penguin Ebooks Wirelessly to Kindle Devices, “Get For Kindle” Now Available

That was fast.

If you’re spending time brushing up on your Kindle side-loading skills so you’ll be able to teach library users about how to get Penguin ebooks onto their Kindle devices YOU CAN STOP and relax.

Whatever the reason or reasons for OverDrive announcing yesterday that Penguin titles wouldn’t be available for wireless download to Kindle devices and side-loading was required the past 36 hours since the announcement was first made have brought about a change of plans that is a win for OD’s partners and most importantly, library users.  Of course, transparency issues for all  ebooks delivered via remain, but that’s another issue—one that needs to be addressed.***

OverDrive Yesterday

OverDrive’s VP of Marketing David Burleigh told Library Journal yesterday:

“Permissions, terms, and usage are really in the publisher’s court,” Burleigh said. “We’re playing the role of facilitator and distributor…which is an important role, but some of these decisions are out of our control.”

OverDrive Today: Things Change

Late this afternoon, OverDrive announced in this blog post that wireless download (aka “Get for Kindle) for  IS NOW AVAILABLE for the more than 17,000 Penguin eBooks available (U.S. only) on the OD platform. 

The USB side-loading requirement has been lifted and Penguin eBooks will have the same great ease of use as all other publishers’ eBooks.  You can expect to see the change in your library’s collection soon.

Read the Complete OverDrive Blog Post

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

See Also: Penguin Ebooks Return to OverDrive, Go National on Axis 360 (via Library Journal)
In this article (published yesterday) OverDrive’s  David Burleigh

*** We Would Also Invite You To Take a Look at Our Commentary from June Since it Directly Relates to OverDrive/Amazon
See:  Adding Transparency to the Ebook Transaction


About Gary Price

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.