Penguin takes the plunge.
Aaaaaaaand they’re back! Nearly two years after Penguin pulled its books from OverDrive, and a year and some months after they signed on with e-book distribution competitor 3M, OverDrive has announced that some 17,000 Penguin titles will now be available through them again.
This is a significant shift in the wake of the Penguin-Random House merger, though the early indications are that the Penguin deal with OverDrive does not follow the RH model, where titles are priced above (and sometimes far, far above) retail price. The OverDrive announcement says that “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.” It also sounds like titles will be available immediately (which is also true of the RH-OverDrive agreement).
OverDrive’s announcement trumpets the availability of a number of big-name Penguin authors, including Tom Clancy, Lee Child, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Ken Follett, Junot Diaz, Khaled Hosseini, Harlen Coben, and W.E.B. Griffin, all of which should be good news for libraries.
The relationship appears to be back on because the two parties have resolved the issues concerning lending through Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library program that originally scuppered …read more

Via: Melville House Books