I never heard of this service until it showed up in an email I got from the New York Public Library:
Well, this excited me! A way to support the NYPL and buy eBooks. What’s not Win about that?
You’ll quickly see.
I go to LibraryBIN and get this pop-up in the middle:
OK, that sounds good.
As it turns out, this is from OverDrive. So it’s using “classic” Adobe DRM and has the files OverDrive distributes to public libraries:
So, of course, I head straight for Stieg Larsson and get punched in the face:
Oh my god! EPIC FAIL! Those prices are at least double what they cost at regular eBookstores! People don’t even like paying that price differential as overdue fines and they expect them to do it with eBooks?
Let’s do some math:
$22.76 for all three versus $47.08 for all three. In fact, just buying Tattoo and Fire add up to $24.72 — more than all three books elsewhere!
As much as I love the New York Public Library, highway robbery is not a way to get support from me.
This is going nowhere.