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Penguin eBooks Are Now Available For Libraries Through OverDrive

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 11.42.38 AMPenguin eBooks are now available for purchase through the OverDrive Marketplace. Libraries can purchase Penguin digital books through OverDrive in the U.S. in order to lend them at their libraries.

The service allows libraries to purchase copies that participate in the one copy/one user lending model for a one year term. The Penguin library includes 17,000 titles. Authors include: Tom Clancy, Lee Child, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Ken Follett, Junot Diaz, Khaled Hosseini, Maya Banks, Harlen Coben, and W.E. B. Griffin. Here is more about how it from the OverDrive blog:

Individual public libraries and consortia can shop the Penguin eBook catalog now on the Marketplace homepage (if catalogs are merged), or the ‘Metered Access’ section in OverDrive Marketplace.  You can also search for the content in Advanced Search under Publisher Account: Penguin Group (USA).

Penguin eBooks will be available to libraries outside the U.S. soon.

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Barnes & Noble Introduces NOOKbooks En Español

Barnes and Noble is opening a new Spanish language eBook store in the United States called NOOKbooks en español.

NOOKbooks en español includes digital books from well-known Spanish language authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Santiago Roncagliolo and Isabel Allende. The store also has translated works and includes the Spanish language versions of work from Stephen King, Ken Follett and Mark Twain.

Patricia Arancibia, International Content Manager, Digital Products at Barnes & Noble, had this statement: “For the first time ever, NOOKbooks en español enables Spanish speakers in the U.S., and those interested in learning and reading in Spanish, to get Spanish-language new releases, bestsellers, and classics in a digital format.”

Via Paul K Biba.

Starz, Penguin Launch iPad 'Pillars of the Earth'

pillars072010.jpg Starz has come up with a cool idea to promote its upcoming miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth,” based on the classic Ken Follett novel. The network is partnering with publisher Penguin to launch an “amplified” edition of the novel, optimized for the Apple iPad.

eBookNewser has more on the book, which also features video interviews with Follett. To promote the Starz miniseries, the book will feature video from key scenes, available for viewing where they appear in the novel.

“Starz approached Penguin with the idea of leveraging Starz Digital Media division’s capabilities and jointly developing an iPad application that would both highlight the upcoming epic original with a terrific new business opportunity for selling more books electronically,” Ferrell McDonald, senior vice president, marketing for Starz Entertainment said. “We believe that this application will be a model for such cross-media partnerships and is a terrific showcase for the more than 3 million iPad users in the marketplace.”