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:
- A MAJOR reason why libraries shouldn’t rejoice over the Amazon-OverDrive deal?
- Penguin ditches OverDrive’s public library side: Another reason for libraries to take over the distributor and gain more clout
- Getting free e-books from the library is overrated, says e-book blogger—and tells why he feels that way
- OverDrive, safeguarding classics, the Jane Austen-‘Hunger Games’ connection, and a few other priorities for the DPLA to ponder
- OverDrive as an e-library kickstart—and related information on e-books and family literacy: Links for new visitors to LibraryCity.org