Recorded Books

Group Purchase of Recorded Books Products

The PLAN cooperative purchasing group for e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines, and more services from Recorded Books provides participating libraries with significant cost-savings and access to a much larger collection. All PLAN member libraries are invited to join this group. If your library is already a customer of Recorded Books, Overdrive, or some other vendor, your current e-book service can be merged into the PLAN cooperative purchase, or phased out, to take advantage of the benefits enjoyed by the group.

For more information about the cooperative purchasing group, see the full program description and FAQs. If you are interested in participating, complete the Order Form and submit to the PLAN office.

For information regarding the selection of content for the PLAN Digital Collection see the Electronic Collection Development Policy. To suggest content for purchase contact PLAN.

Highlights include:

  • Participating libraries will not pay an annual ‘platform fee’ to Recorded Books. Libraries will pay an annual participation fee to PLAN — all of this fee will be used to buy e-books, e-audios, or other content. If your library is currently using Recorded Books, there is no fee to change over to the PLAN cooperative purchasing group.
  • If your library is currently using Overdrive or some other digital platform, Recorded Books will work with you to transfer your titles to their OneClickDigital platform, usually at no cost for the transfer.
  • The full MARC records for your e-books and e-audios will be provided by Recorded Books free of charge (Overdrive charges $2 per title for this).
  • Free training (in-person and webinars) is available for your library staff.
  • A toll free phone number is always available for your patrons with questions about how to use the service.
  • Free promotional materials (flyers, posters, bookmarks, web site buttons, etc.) about the e-books and e-audios for your library.

Current participants include:

  • Apalachicola Municipal Library
  • Gadsden County Public Library
  • Gulf Coast State College
  • LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library
  • Lynn Haven Public Library
  • Northwest Regional Library System
  • Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative
  • Panhandle Public Library Cooperative System
  • Walton County Library System
  • West Florida Public Libraries