The Palm Beach County Library System is migrating its e-book and e-audiobook service from OverDrive to cloudLibrary. OverDrive will be available for use until Sept. 30, 2020, however no new titles will be purchased, and the holdings will be reduced significantly. The OverDrive titles will be transferred to cloudLibrary. You can download the cloudLibrary app by searching your device’s app store for cloudLibrary.
Due to the expense, it is no longer possible to sufficiently purchase enough copies of e-books to cover the demand on both OverDrive and cloudLibrary. In addition to raising the prices, publishers are metering licenses, meaning they expire and must be repurchased after a specified number of uses or length of time. Visit ALA's #eBooksForAll campaign for more information.
The Library is using cloudLibrary because it has an easy-to-use app, is the best value and offers the most titles. And, through cloudLibrary there is access to cloudLink that provides additional copies of titles owned by other Florida libraries. Currently, the Library borrows from 31 libraries with a pool of 145,000 shareable copies, totaling a value of $6,525,000. Pay-Per-Use copies make available foreign language titles and the back-runs of popular authors.
Amazon only works with OverDrive to offer e-books on Kindle e-readers that do not have internet (Basic, Oasis, Paperwhite, Voyager and Kindle for Kids), while cloudLibrary actively continues to try to get permission for this.
cloudLibrary is compatible with the Kindle Fire third generation and up. Users will no longer be able to read e-books with the Kindle app, but can use the cloudLibrary app. Although they cost more, the Nook and Kobo are popular alternatives to the Kindle.
Sunset Schedule to the Overdrive Migration
- Wed, Aug 26, 2020: 3 holds per library card number.
- Wed, Sep 02, 2020: 2 holds per library card number.
- Wed, Sep 09, 2020: 1 holds per library card number. Last week of 14 day loans.
- Wed, Sep 16, 2020: No holds. Last week of 7 day loans.
- Mon, Oct 01, 2020: Overdrive titles transferring to cloudLibrary.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are using a Kindle e-reader (Paperwhite, Oasis, Voyage, etc), Amazon chooses to only work with Overdrive. You can use the cloudLibrary app on smartphones, tablets, PCs/laptops and e-readers like the Nook and Kobo.
More in-depth answer:
Amazon chooses to only work with OverDrive to offer e-books on Kindle e-readers (Oasis, Paperwhite, Voyager, etc). cloudLibrary actively continues to try to get permission to do the same but Amazon will not agree to it. You can use cloudLibrary on smartphones, tablets, PCs/laptops, and e-readers like the Nook and Kobo. Kindle Fires are also compatible with cloudLibrary.
We understand the concern of Kindle users. While the display on other mobile devices is not the same as the kindle, the cloudLibrary app has options for font adjustment, margin adjustment, and color theme changes (for example, switch to a black background with white letters). An option for the visually impaired is our Talking Books program. Visit our Talking Books page or call 561-649-5486 or 1-888-780-5151. Visit our Books by Mail page, call 561-649-5482 or 1-888-780-5151.
Libraries pay four times as much for a copy of an e-book as retail customers and must repurchase most of them every year or two or after a certain number of checkouts. We pay higher prices and must pay them again and again to keep the titles in our collection. This year we are paying over $1,000,000 for e-books and e-audiobooks.