Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Competition for OverDrive? 3M Cloud Library in Beta with Kansas Libraries

Kansas State Librarian Can Transfer Thousands of Titles from OverDrive to 3M at No Charge:

'via Blog this'

This is a fascinating story from Library Journal. The Kansas State Librarian, Jo Budler, is attempting to move the state's e-books platform from OverDrive to 3M's Cloud Library, which is currently in beta. This isn't a random or capricious choice; staying with OverDrive would mean a 700% increase in the platform licensing fee by 2013. (Any content licensed is in addition to the platform licensing fee.)

The major hurdle here is not losing access to the content they've already paid OverDrive for. OverDrive's contract refers to content as "purchased," but other clauses treat it as "licensed." Ms. Budler has contacted 169 publishers of e-books the Kansas libraries have purchased; 93 of them have agreed that their e-books can be transferred to the new system without an additional fee. The fate of the remaining titles is still in limbo. Also in question is whether the new platform can be in place by November, to avoid a gap in service when the OverDrive contract expires on December 5.

It's worth noting that 3M's contract language says that the content libraries purchase is theirs, and the library can take it with them to a new platform if they end relations with 3M.

Go read the whole story at the link above; there's much more information as well as links to additional information.

Here's the list of publishers--dare I call it an Honor Roll?--who have agreed to work with Kansas and allow their content to be transferred to the new system without additional charge.

Here is the list of publishers cooperating with the Kansas state library:
1st World Library
Ascendant Audio
Audio Bookshelf, LLC
Audio Realms
August House Inc
Baker Publishing Group
Barron's Educational Series, Inc.
Beacon Press
Bearport Publishing Company, Inc.
Books in Motion
Brilliance Audio
Buzzy Multimedia
C&T Publishing, Inc
Canongate Books
Capstone Publishers
Carson-Dellosa Publishing
Chalice Press
Chautauqua Institution
Chicago Review Press
Classical Comics
CoolBeat Audiobooks
Effective Learning Systems, Inc.
Falcon Picture Group, LLC
Fast Lane Learning
Findaway World
Firebringer Press
Full Cast Audio
Galaxy Press, L.L.C.
HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
Hunter Publishing
Island Press
Janson Media
Kinsley Public Library, Kinsley, Kansas and supported by the Kansas Humanities Council
Kogan Page Publishers
Legacy Audio Books, Inc.
Lerner Publishing Group, Inc
Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
Milken Family Foundation
More Than Sound
Multi-Media Publications Inc.
Musics Sales Corp.
M-Y Books
New World Library
New World Music
Nomad Press
NuVision Publications
O Books
One Voice Recordings
Orca Book Publishers
Osho International, New York
Out Loud Audiobooks
Oxford University Press
Para Publishing
Patria Press, Inc
Quayside Publishing Group
Random House (currently ebooks only)
Razor & Tie Direct LLC
Reagent Press LLC
Rooftop Media, Inc.
Seven Stories Press
Sheldon Press
Shell Education
Sounds True
Spinifex Press
Starz Media
Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Tai Seng Entertainment
The Colonial Radio Theater On The Air
The Floating Press
The New Press
The University of California Press
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Unbridled Books
University of Chicago Press
Vanguard Cinema
White Rose Publishing
Wildside Press LLC
Wizards of the Coast Publishing
World Wisdom, Inc
Writer's AudioShop
Yale University Press

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