OverDrive’s Game-Changer – But For Whom?

Starting yesterday, Nook users can borrow e-books from their local library through OverDrive without having to first download the book their desktop.

This sort of seamless borrowing has been available to Kindle owners for some time. Further, OverDrive has a deal with Kindle that pushes its users to buy Kindle e-books, a situation that irked some publishers hesitant to give Amazon more of an advantage in the e-book marketplace. (It has irked librarians, too.)

We haven’t given the new Nook app a test-drive to see if it nudges users into the Nook ecosystem, but it would be surprising to find out that the new OverDrive Nook app brings users to the Kindle store.

For OverDrive, which is the leader in the e-book library lending marketplace, this might not move the needle too much. For Nook and its users, it certainly opens up a world of easier borrowing possibilities and for publishers worried about favoring one retailer over another by working with OverDrive, this must be seen as a step in the right direction.

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The rest of the day’s top news:

A Library E-Book Model That Just Might Work (DBW)
Why are libraries so obsessed with owning e-books when it’s access to them that they really want to provide. Here’s a novel idea to solve the whole issue.

Dealbook (Pub Lunch)
Deal flow in the publishing world has slowed from last year’s six-year peak, but not considerably and 2012 has turned out to be another fine year for deal-making in the book industry.

Motion Denied (Pub Lunch)
According to Judge Denise Cote, responding to attorney Bob Kohn’s motion to intervene in the e-book price-fixing settlement, Kohn failed to prove that he had standing to intervene and that Apple, Penguin and Macmillan, which will go to trial next summer to challenge allegations that they colluded to fix the prices of e-books, are perfectly capable of defending themselves.

Wiley’s $220 Million Plunge (DBW)
When Wiley said earlier in the year that it was jettisoning some of its non-core trade assets to focus on its scientific, technical, medical and scholarly and global education businesses, it wasn’t kidding. The company has just spent a bundle to acquire online education company Deltak.edu.

A New Kind of E-Book Experience (KQED)
The Silent History, a new transmedia experience/e-book has 120 first-person narratives, a built-in scavenger hunt and other interactive features – all delivered to your iPad or iPhone daily. The work was created by Ying Horowitz & Quinn, a Calif.-based media firm.

Selling E-Books in Asia (DBW)
E-book distributor Trajectory is now selling its books through Taiwan-based e-bookstore Readmoo. It’s the first such deal for Readmoo, enabling it to bring non-Asia-based content to Asia.

First WaPo E-Books Hit E-Shelves (DBW)
Announced in late August, a partnership between Washington Post and Diversion books is already seeing titles hit e-bookstore shelves. The first two are books about Watergate and professional baseball player Bryce Harper.

Free-books (Money Talks News)
Here’s a list of 20 books featured this week for Banned Book Week and where you can download them for free.

A Book Your Friends Can’t Read (Philly.com)
A Warning is the title of a new e-book by Bernie Cohen from Musa Press, a year-old digital publisher. The book is generating some buzz and sales. Problem is, none of Cohen’s friends can read it. A retired clinical psychologist, he’s 86-years-young and most of his friends are about the same. Few of them have e-readers or tablets and they’re just not interested until the book comes out in print.


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