Penguin partners with new distributor to bring e-books to libraries

Book publisher Penguin is working with digital library distributor 3M Cloud Library to once again make e-books available to libraries.

The partnership will see e-books distributed through a pilot programme with the New York City Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library and then to 3M library clients, which include about 70 other libraries across the United States, by the end of the year, paidContent reported.

Penguin removed its e-books from libraries in February, after ending its relationship with digital library distributor OverDrive. The publisher first pulled titles from OverDrive in November 2011, according to Publishers Weekly.

Although 3M has “more than 70” Cloud Library customers, OverDrive states it has “a network of 18,000 libraries.” If a library wants to offer Penguin content, it must sign up with 3M, PW pointed out, stating: “And while librarians are happy to have a competitor in the e-lending game, and to be able to offer Penguin titles, the program does raise the specter of having to sign up with multiple, exclusive vendors to get different publisher content, as well as having to redesign the e-book lending page on the library Web Site, and to explain to users why they will have to download multiple plug-ins to use books from different publishers.”

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