Canadians are already discussing OverDrive alternatives that could significantly reduce the company’s revenues up there. Now, what about the U.S. in time?
The current OverDrive’s present dominance in American librarydom could actually be a positive—in that a library-friendly takeover in the U.S. could instantly clarify matters and let librarians control e-libraries. Forget about talk of a number of companies taking over market share from OverDrive. America really needs a genuine national digital library system that will respect local autonomy but provide a reliable infrastructure offering such essentials as stable interbook links.
For more on the Canadian OverDrive situation and related issues, via Gary Price, please see:
- OverDrive as an e-library kickstart—and related information on e-books and family literacy: Links for new visitors to LibraryCity.org
- More criticism of e-books as they exist today in the library world
- Related writings
- Penguin ditches OverDrive’s public library side: Another reason for libraries to take over the distributor and gain more clout
- Printed books vs. e-books: Should publishers impose borrowing limits on e-book copies even though there aren’t equivalent limits on paper copies?