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UPDATE: Publisher now offering Kindle eBooks to libraries

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Penguin Publishing Group has started offering Kindle eBooks to libraries again after discontinuing the service due to security concerns.

The Iowa City Public Library says they received notice this week that OverDrive, a downloadable media service, was instructed to suspend the availability of new Penguin eBook titles to libraries. On Wednesday, the same company sent a notice that service has been restored.

Here is the original statement OverDrive posted to its website:

Last week Penguin sent notice to OverDrive that it is reviewing terms for library lending of their eBooks. In the interim, OverDrive was instructed to suspend availability of new Penguin eBook titles from our library catalog and disable "Get for Kindle" functionality for all Penguin eBooks. We apologize for this abrupt change in terms from this supplier. We are actively working with Penguin on this issue and are hopeful Penguin will agree to restore access to their new titles and Kindle availability as soon as possible. All existing Penguin eBook titles in your library's catalog are still available and additional copies can be added.

The Iowa City Public Library says they have more than 1,700 Kindle-compatible eBooks available. They also own 516 Penguin eBooks that are not compatible with Kindle but are available for other devices such as iPad and Nook.

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