Dear Penguin/Random House Marketing Leadership,
$15,000 spent on Overdrive eBooks at my High School in 2 1/2 years
$400 spent on Penguin/Random House ebook titles
I thought you might want to know that I (and others like me) despise the lending model that you have created at Overdrive.
I refuse to spend dollars on Penguin/Random House titles unless I know they will circulate heavily. So, I have purchased John Green titles and books that have been made into recent movies.
I tested a few titles last year and as they expired recently several circulated 1-3 times.
So, Harper Collins and publishers with the One Book/One User model that never expire, priced under $25, get nearly all of my eBook Budget – $4K a year, plus.
As more schools roll out 1:1 and every student gets an iPad or laptop you can expect other schools with big eBook budgets to spend their money just like me.
I thought you might want to know and hope that you’ll make a change soon! Then, I’d gladly shift a large portion of my budget to your titles.
Also, please note that as a high school, I purchase as many Adult books as I do YA/Children’s Titles.
National Board Certified Teacher
Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn, IL
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (ARC)
Brown Girl, Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodsen
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward