Penguin to extend ebook and audiobook lending across US libraries with new distribution deals

Harry Potter ebooks

Penguin is reportedly planning to announce a new distribution program for ebook lending on Monday. According to the New York Times, the publishing giant will work with the distributor Baker & Taylor to start lending ebooks at libraries in Los Angeles and Cleveland. Penguin has been testing a similar program in New York since September, but pulled out of a wider deal with OverDrive in February over a DRM dispute. The company also plans to start lending downloadable audiobooks to “any library that is interested” through a deal with OneClickdigital.

The new ebook expansion is said to include the same anachronistic lending terms as the current New York trials: books become available for lending six months after release, they can only be…

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