Overdrive announced this morning that it was expanding its support for free downloads from Project Gutenberg.
Member libraries in US, Canada, Australia and as of today New Zealand can offer their patrons any of 24 thousand eBooks that have been digitized and uploaded to Project Gutenberg. The eBooks are available through the same checkout service as OverDrive supplied eBooks, and they do not expire. The titles are always available for as many patrons that want them and can be read on Epub compatible devices, such as computers, mobile devices and eReaders.
Overdrive has more details: “The free access to these titles will expand and improve ‘Virtual Branch’ websites by making tens of thousands of EPUB eBooks immediately available without waitlists or holds. Patrons will always be able to find favorite eBook titles to download from the library that won’t expire or count against their checkout limit. Plus, library partners will be thrilled because these titles do count toward their circulation.”
Does your local library support OverDrive eBooks? If you’re not sure, uou can search OverDrive to find out (here).