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Audiobook publisher to pull out of OverDrive

BrillianceAudio will suspend all library purchase of titles as of January 31 through OverDrive. The message sent to OverDrive library partners stated that this move would not affect currently held Brilliance titles, but that libraries won’t be able to add copies at January 31. INFOdocket’s Gary Price muses that

Brilliance Audio was acquired by Amazon.com in May, 2007. Amazon also owns Audible.com, the popular audiobook download service. A Few of the Many Possibilities That Quickly Come to Mind

  • Brilliance Sells Access to Titles via Audible, No Need To Lend
  • Amazon Will Add Some/All Brilliance Titles to the Their Amazon Prime Program

I am incredibly dismayed that the trend of publishers turning their back on established library patron access models has moved to the audiobook publishing field.  I’ll be seeking more information from Brilliance, Amazon, Audible, and OverDrive. Stay posted for updates…

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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  1. Boo! No! I too am saddened by this trend. Please do share what you find out… why does this happen?

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