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Penguin reinstitutes e-book access

The American Library Association is pleased to learn that Penguin publishing will reinstitute access to e-books in the Kindle format through OverDrive to libraries.  This is a big step in addressing challenges libraries would have faced in denying access to library patrons.  Unfortunately, Penguin has not lifted the embargo (or waiting period) for access to new future releases in e-book format — leaving libraries in a quandary about when they’ll be able to provide access to the latest titles requested by their patrons.

Libraries would welcome the opportunity to gain greater understanding and clarity regarding the continued embargo Penguin has put in place for new releases in e-book format for libraries and ALA is seeking further clarification about the Penguin statement. This restriction continues to be cause for concern and hopefully Penguin Group will swiftly redress so that libraries may again offer the full range of Penguin’s titles to our readers in a timely fashion.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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