@OverDriveLibs - Not Allowed in K-12 Schools? @OverDriveInc

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If you're an OverDrive user, I hope you can shed some light on a question that's been plaguing me. On the OverDrive web site, the following information appears:

Underneath the section titled License, it states:
You may not download Digital Content to any school media center or library Device or any other school-issued Device that allows for access by multiple users. Digital Content may be used on school-issued Devices that are issued to students under a one-to-one device program where each Device is assigned for the exclusive use by a single student.  
Source: Overdrive K-12 Terms of Use - http://www.overdrive.com/Solutions/Schools/K12/SDL/AccessAgreement.aspx
Consider a scenario common in K-12 Public School Libraries. You have a few eBook reader devices (e.g. Kindle, Nook, iPad) available for student checkout. On each device, OverDrive is installed so that students can read. However, based on the reading of the OverDrive K-12 Terms of Use quoted above, OverDrive content on "check-out" eReaders--not assigned in a one to one program--this kind of use is prohibited.

In chatting with our local Barnes and Noble representative, we receive the following assurance:
Regarding the use of the Overdrive app for the school market:  We have been assured that as long as the district has a subscription to Overdrive there should be no issue using the app.
In addition to this assurance from Barnes and Noble, an OverDrive sales representative has stated the following:
I contacted [Name of Representative removed] at OverDrive and asked her if students are allowed to check-out materials using a device they check-out from the school (library) for a short period of time (circulating eReader, etc.). Her answer -- absolutely!
Ok, let's review what we know:
  1. OverDrive K-12 Terms of Use say NO circulating eReaders.
  2. Barnes and Noble says YES to circulating eReaders
  3. OverDrive Sales says YES to circulating eReaders.
What do YOU say?

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Gwen Lehman said…
Now you know why librarians are confused and haven't jumped on board with e-reader devices. Publishing companies are giving similar mixed messages.

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