6 Replies Latest reply on Mar 27, 2012 9:33 AM by Doug_Pardee

    Harry Potter e-books coming to the library

    Doug_Pardee

      OverDrive announced yesterday that the Harry Potter e-books would be available through its Content Reserve service for library lending. OverDrive already was the selected vendor, through its MIDAS e-bookstore service, for HP e-book sales.

       

      Presumably the e-books will become available for purchase and for lending at the same time. Nothing was said about that, though. Libraries can pre-order copies of the HP e-books.

       

      It's not clear to me if Kindle users will be able to check out HP e-books from the library. Kindle doesn't use OverDrive to deliver the e-books, instead relying on the e-books being delivered from Amazon's own catalog. As far as I know, OverDrive is the exclusive vendor of the HP e-books, and Amazon therefore wouldn't have those e-books in their catalog.

       

        • Re: Harry Potter e-books coming to the library
          BooksOnTheKnob

          The site has repeatedly claimed that Kindle will be able to read the books (if they have EPUB, it's a simple matter to run them thru KDP, if she wants control on her own, rather than thru another publisher).

           

          For library books, Kindle uses a blend of Overdrive and the Kindle catalog - Overdrive handles the checkout and rental on the library side, then transfer it to Amazon for a Lending against one of their catalog items.

           

          No matter, though - easy enough to read the EPUB on an iPad or Kindle Fire (hopefully with color pics, since she's dawdled along so slowly, apparently so she could learn how to program web pages on her own before bothering to push the ebooks over ... although I suspect the real problem is lack of ideas on how to push the interactive site (which presumably will start charging for use) if the ebooks have already been released).

            • Re: Harry Potter e-books coming to the library
              Doug_Pardee

              BooksOnTheKnob wrote:

               

              For library books, Kindle uses a blend of Overdrive and the Kindle catalog - Overdrive handles the checkout and rental on the library side, then transfer it to Amazon for a Lending against one of their catalog items.


              The part that I bolded is the big question. As I understand it, Amazon won't have the Harry Potter e-books in their catalog. If they don't, they won't be able to lend them.

               

              I guess we'll see come the end of April.

               

                • Re: Harry Potter e-books coming to the library
                  JisforJess

                  I use the Free library of Philadelphia. When you want to check out a book from their catalogue they have an option for epub or for kindle to choose from with each book. The HP books however, have no option for kindle so either those will not be availible until the day the books are released, or they just won't be available.

                   

                  In case anyone wants to know, they will be availible on April 30th and you can put them on hold now if you want to.

              • Re: Harry Potter e-books coming to the library
                BooksOnTheKnob

                Woohoo! Already in my library system, so I'm on the hold list for all seven titles (and still, 20 or so beat me to most titles, 34 for the first one). I'll be watching at my secondary libraries, to see if any of them start listing them anytime soon.

                 

                Release date: Apr 30, 2012

                • *Delayed* Harry Potter e-books coming to the library
                  Doug_Pardee

                  OverDrive reports on their blog that they've "temporarily suspended pre-sales and display of [Harry Potter] titles at library websites. This is only a postponement, and libraries will soon be able to resume pre-ordering the titles in preparation for launch in April."