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 using a Kindle Fire, here is a link to the Fire installation steps for cloudLibrary. Fire installation steps

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.
No. We suggest logging into cloudLibrary now to see if your hold titles are available. Holds in cloudLibrary are much shorter than in Overdrive.
No. We suggest logging into cloudLibrary and using the Save for Later option. This will create a Saved list in your My Books section of the cloudLibrary app that is comparable to the wish list in Overdrive.
We created a schedule for the month of September to help with the migration. This list is posted above the FAQ section.
We chose to go with cloudLibrary because it has an easy to use app, is the best value, and offers the most titles. Through cloudLink, we have access to material owned by other Florida libraries. Currently, we borrow 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.

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.
These titles will be transferred from Overdrive to cloudLibrary. This process takes time and should occur on Sept. 30th.
No, the titles will be transferring on Sep 30 which means access to all titles including borrowed titles will stop on Sep 29.
The cloudLibrary app is available for Android products, Apple products, Chrome, Kindle Fire, Kobo e-reader, Nook e-reader, and Windows products. Visit yourcloudlibrary.com then click on ‘get the app’ at the top right to see a list of app stores where the app is available. CloudLibrary can also be accessed via a web browser: Visit cloudLibrary. You would need an internet connection for this.