Penguin and Overdrive make borrowing library ebooks on Kindle easier

A couple days after Penguin made its ebooks available to libraries again through digital distributor Overdrive, the company has also eased up on Kindle (s AMZN) book borrowing. Overdrive and Penguin announced Friday that users will be able to send Penguin library ebooks wirelessly to their Kindles rather than side-loading them via USB. This means users will be sent to Amazon’s website after they borrow an ebook on Overdrive.

Hachette to raise ebook prices for libraries by 220%

Starting in October, libraries will pay an average of 220 percent more for Hachette’s ebooks. Hachette still does not make new ebooks available to most libraries; all the books affected were published before April 2010. Random House increased prices for librairies earlier this year.

Yeah, e-books are great — but libraries are in a tough spot

New reports from the American Libraries Association and Pew Internet and American Life Project reveal that despite the increasing number of e-books available to library patrons, libraries themselves face big challenges in weathering the transition.

Hachette is offering new e-books to some libraries

Hachette, which has not made e-books available to libraries since 2010, is reconsidering the idea. In a pilot program starting this spring, the publisher is working with two e-book distributors to bring a “selection of HBG’s recent bestselling e-books to 7 million library patrons.”