Category Archives: Lending Readers

Public Libraries, Why aren’t you lending nook, Kobo, COOL-ER and SONY eReaders?

I’m really curious about this, and reading a blog post from the Librarian in Black, which summarized a library futures event has gotten me even more curious.

Most public libraries who are lending eBook readers (at least those in the news) are loaning Kindles.  Why aren’t they lending nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers?  Kindle readers are not compatible with any of the library eBook aggregator content and require that libraries purchase titles again, in the Kindle format.  But nook, Kobo, COOL-ER, and SONY readers ARE compatible with some OverDrive and NetLibrary titles because they are in Adobe Digital Editions or PDF formats.  Am I missing something here?  Isn’t is plausible that a public library with large OverDrive and NetLibrary collections could pre-load already purchased content onto a compatible device and lend the device and the title to the patron? The Kobo reader comes loaded with 100 free titles.  Many free eBooks can be loaded onto these devices as well (even the Kindle is open to some of these).

Is it the fine print? Is it the content?  Or is it lack of knowledge on devices?  Your input on this issue is much appreciated.

Articles of Interest – eReaders, textbooks

Some really interesting articles and blog posts this week about a variety of eBook issues including:  eReader prices, lending eReaders in libraries, open source textbooks and new Cengage textbook content.

4 Reasons Why the Library Should Affect Your College Choice – US News and World Report

May a library lend e-book readers?

Open-sourced textbooks could ease college costs | NetworkWorld.com Community

Cengage Launches Course System with Content

E-readers race to the bottom as tablet market solidifies

eReader Price Wars Have Commenced

Ray Kurzweil & Blio e-reader: Is it really all that?

Untethered – The future of book publishing

Are Kindle Prices Edging Up?

Will the iPad Kill eReaders?

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