A summary of the various articles about Amazon’s announcement to work with libraries via OverDrive, plus a couple of others on Amazon.
Kindle Library Lending and OverDrive – What it means for libraries and schools – OverDrive blog post
Amazon Continues to Push Book innovation with Library Lending and Ad-Supported Kindles – Scholarly Kitchen
I never thought I’d see the day! Great news Amazon and OverDrive. News release from Kindle here.
From a Publishers Weekly article: Amazon announced this morning that Kindle owners will soon be able to borrow books from public libraries. Working with vendor OverDrive, which manages e-book lending for the vast majority of public libraries, the deal will make thousands of titles available via more than 11,000 of OverDrive’s public library partners. To date, Kindle has been noticeably absent from library lending, as OverDrive’s service worked only with ePub-enabled devices, including the Sony Reader, the Nook, iPads, and smartphones. Amazon officials said that with Kindle Library Lending, library-ebooks managed by OverDrive will now be available for all generations of Kindle devices and for use with free Kindle reading apps on most other devices, including Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.
The service will launch later this year.
Reprinted in full from PAFA.net – http://www.pafa.net/archives/3129
Lendle.me, one of the new and very popular ebook lending services, was shut down today. Amazon has pulled the plug on them. The API that connects them to the Amazon database has been revoked. According the a@lendleapp tweet, Amazon said Lendle doesn’t “serve the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site.” Other lending sites have also had their API pulled according to this statement from Lendle. Continue reading
For the week of March 14th:
No Shelf Required II: The Use and Management of E-Books is currently underway with ALA Editions. The forthcoming book offers a look at digital only libraries, device lending programs, consortial purchasing, eBook access issues (digital divide, accessibility, archiving/preservation, and weeding/updating), digital textbooks, the use of ebook/ereader technology in the classroom, and much much more. When complete, it will contain 26 chapters written by 28 contributors, representing school, public, and academic libraries, publishers, consultants, and faculty.
I am pleased to announce that four of the contributors were named 2011 Library Journal Movers and Shakers. They are:
Congrats to these and all of the 2011 Library Journal Movers and Shakers!
Last week the Internet Archive announced the launch of a traditional In-Library Lending model for a pooled collection of over 80,000 eBooks. The program, available on openlibrary.org, provides access to the ebooks through a web browser and download technology. I had a chance to interview Brewster about the new program in my NSR audio interviews. The full press release on the In-Library Lending program is available at the Internet Archive.
Last month I did a 2 part webinar for ALA TechSource on purchasing eBooks and lending eBook Readers. Since doing these webinars I’ve been contacted by several people who were unable to attend the webinars asking for information on lending eBook readers in libraries. I figured it was about time to do a post to consolidate some of the information. If you know of other resources, please feel free to add to the list. If you missed the webinars, we’ll probably be offering them again in August, with lots of new and updated information.