Monday, 27 February 2012

How to Donate Your E-Book to Your Local Library--Kurt Chambers

Since I started looking into donating my debut children’s fantasy novel, Truth Teller, to my local library, I’ve had a lot of requests from fellow authors to write a blog post to explain my findings. So, here it is.

At the moment, the first book in my series, Truth Teller, is only in e-book format. I plan to bring it out in paperback later on in the year before I release the second book. A dear friend of mine mentioned that her library did e-books, so I visited my own library to find out if they did the same. While I was there, I asked if it was possible to donate my story, as I was a local author. They took my details and said they would look into it. Shortly after, the called me to explain that a company in America called OverDrive deals with all their e-books. This surprised me as I live in England. They suggested I contact the company and ask them about it.

After a little investigation, I sent an email to their director of marketing asking if they could help me. I received a very helpful reply.

Hello Kurt – Thank you for your interest in OverDrive and your local library. You can donate your book to your library, and they can upload it to their catalog as part of their “Community Reserve” feature. Please have your library contact their OverDrive Account Specialist, and we’ll be able to help them with the process.

The library can only upload items to which they have digital rights, so you’ll need to work that out with them. There is no charge for any item, so the donation should work fine.

If your library doesn’t know who their Account Specialist is, they can contact me and I’ll connect them.

Thanks again for your interest, and good luck.
Director of Marketing

From what I can gather from people I’ve spoken with, OverDrive deals with most libraries throughout the world, but you can get this information from your local library. I haven’t been back to my library yet. I need to discuss with them about digital rights and such things, so I can’t really tell you any more on this subject. I assume that I can just give them the digital rights as I own them myself being self published.

The main thing is, it is possible for a self-published author to donate an e-book to their local library. I’m sure there will be plenty of self-published authors out there that are just as pleased as me to discover this information. Good luck, people!

Truth Teller is now available from here:

You can connect with the author at:

Author’s Web page

Truth Teller Reviews:

Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.

Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.

Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:
Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.


  1. What a great idea! Not only does it help authors, but it helps libraries as well. Too cool!

    1. Thank you so much :) I hope it catches on.

  2. Great piece of info this. All the very best of luck to you for the future. Thanks for this.

    1. Thanks, Dave! I'm glad you found this useful. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment :)

  3. Good to know! I've never heard of OverDrive, but I'll look into it. I have a few e-books in mind I'd like to donate to my local library.

    1. Good luck with that, Annie :) No, I really mean it, good luck! hahaha!!

  4. Very informative! I had no idea how the e-books at the library work! Now I have a better idea. I know the library in my town has specific criteria for books that they accept, but I didn't look into e-books when I found that out. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks you, Jess :) I hope you find this useful.

  5. That's good to know - and interesting to boot. Sounds like they're more than willing to help - which is awesome :)

  6. Thanks, Jemi :) And thank you so much for visiting my blog.

  7. Libraries have e-books? Yep, I am truly a dinosaur. As a newly, first time, published author, I am learning so much, including just now--here. Where I'm from, over the big pond, I have recently learned that to get libraries and bookstores to carry your book, you first must submit a proposal to each, much like a query letter. Yep, here you go again. Also, the book must have an ISBN number and bar codes on the back too. In addition, they want to know wholesale cost and specifically where it is printed. This process certainly has taught me a lot. And I have a feeling I'm no where near knowing even half.
    Melissa Murphy

  8. Hi Melissa :) Good to see you here, my friend.

    Thanks so much for sharing this info with us. Isn't everything such a chore? :)