OverDrive, Amazon, and Privacy – INFODocket explores the questions

September 27th, 2011 · Comments Off

Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy at INFODocket are asking some very important questions about end-user privacy when borrowing OverDrive  library books through a third party vendor site (Amazon). The post asks: Is Amazon collecting download information? Is Amazon saving library download info permanently? If not, how long will they keep it? Is there a retention policy? […]

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OverDrive Press Release about Kindle lending launch – sites up within days

September 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Just received this OverDrive press release in email: In a move highly anticipated since its initial announcement in April, public libraries and schools in the U.S. can now lend eBooks for the Amazon® Kindle.  OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) announced today that it has begun adding Kindle compatibility to all of the U.S. public and school libraries in […]

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Kindle Books Now Available at over 11,000 Local Libraries

September 21st, 2011 · Comments Off

Picked up this news from Nate Hoffelder’s tweet (@thDigitalReader) From the Amazon Press Release (9/21): Amazon.com today announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States. When a customer borrows a Kindle library book, they’ll have all of the unique features they […]

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Kindle library lending in beta

September 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Kindle library lending is in beta at two public libraries – King County Library System and the Seattle Public Library. (See article in Seattle Times).  News and instructions have been posted on various blogs and articles, but yesterday Library Journal‘s Mike Kelley reported, “Andra Addison, the director of Seattle PL’s communication office, said the library […]

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eBook subscription services – are libraries screwed?

September 14th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Earlier this week Amazon announced it was “thinking about” providing eBooks as a subscription service to it’s Prime members.  According to the Washington Post, “The online retailer is reportedly thinking about making a subscription library service available to Amazon Prime members, adding book rentals to the $79 per year service that now offers online video […]

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Articles of Interest

June 10th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Sorry for the long list, I was out last week and didn’t get to post this. News: The E-Reader Effect – Inside Higher Ed Ten must-have iPad apps for readers, by Jane Litte | TeleRead Kindle/Nook Touch comparison review | TeleRead E-Readers and the Future of Reading: Notes from Florida Nook WiFi and Kobo eReader […]

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Articles of Interest

May 13th, 2011 · Comments Off

Mourning the Printed Book — The Aesthetic and Sensory Deprivation of E-books « The Scholarly Kitchen 10 Websites To Download Free eBooks – eBookNewser The subscription model for ebooks hasn’t emerged yet, but it will – The Shatzkin Files Best-selling authors criticize HarperCollins library ebook policy Will Amazon make a tablet? ‘Stay tuned,’ says Jeff […]

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Open Access eBooks, Part 3

May 9th, 2011 · Comments Off

From Eric Hellman’s Go To Hellman blog.  Please offer your comments to Eric at the Go To Hellman blog. Here’s the third section of my draft of a book chapter for a book edited by No Shelf Required‘s Sue Polanka. I previously posted the introduction; and What does Open Access mean for eBooks subsequent posts […]

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Articles of Interest

May 6th, 2011 · Comments Off

Archiving the Web for Scholars – (Internet Archive) Inside Higher Ed Barnes & Noble to launch next-generation Nook May 24th | TeleRead News: Picking a Fight – (Amazon and College Book Stores) Inside Higher Ed Petition against HarperCollins ebook/library policy garners 53,786 signatures | TeleRead Ereaders fail at education UK publishers and libraries in talks […]

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University of Washington Kindle Study – Results in

May 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment

A study of how University of Washington graduate students integrated an Amazon Kindle DX into their course reading provides the first long-term investigation of e-readers in higher education. Details on the study: The researchers interviewed 39 first-year graduate students in the UW’s Department of Computer Science & Engineering, 7 women and 32 men, ranging from […]

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