By Alan Inouye
The Hill, 02/12/20
Citing Embargo, Libraries Plan Boycott of Blackstone Digital Audio
by Andrew Albanese Jul 12, 2019, Publisher’s Weekly
Blackstone quietly announced its 90-day window on new audiobook releases last month in a message to library customers delivered through its vendors. But that message did not mention that the 90-day window appears to be tied to an exclusive deal with Amazon’s Audible subscription service. In a subsequent message explaining the change to librarians (seen by PW), a rep for Blackstone explained that the publisher “was recently given the opportunity to enter into an exclusive deal” with an unnamed “important strategic partner,” and that under terms of the deal, “audio editions of selected Blackstone Publishing titles will be available exclusively in digital format on our strategic partner’s platform for 90 days upon initial release.”
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Here is the response from Whatcom county Library System who are officially boycotting Blackstone titles:
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There is now a new Overdrive App that makes borrowing ebooks even easier- Libby!
Our new Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books and audiobooks from your public library. Libby is available for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 10.
OverDrive is a service that offers downloadable digital media. Through OverDrive you can download or stream eBooks and audiobooks. You can use OverDrive on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Overdrive works with Kindle and other ereaders too. The items you check out will expire automatically from your account. You will never acquire any fines or fees.
How do I get started?
With a valid San Juan Island Library card, you automatically have access to this service. Depending on the computers and devices you are using, as well as the format of the titles you are interested in checking out, there are different options for using OverDrive. Please click on the button to find the instructions for getting started on any device.Overdrive Help Page
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AudioBookCloud– Your Online Audio Library is an online audio book library collection of streaming audio books for schools and libraries with unlimited remote access to your audio book collection.
Like our children’s TumbleBookLibrary and TumbleBookCloud collections, AudioBookCloud is accessible from your school or library or at home – a computer or other device with an Internet connection is the only necessity!