Articles of Interest – Penguin/OverDrive edition

November 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off

A flurry of blog posts and news articles are appearing related to the Penguin announcement to suspend library lending of titles. Here are a few articles of interest: OverDrive Suspends Access to New Penguin eBook Titles, “Get For Kindle” Access Also Shutdown « INFOdocket Penguin Group USA to No Longer Allow Library Lending of New […]

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Tags: Articles of Interest · DRM · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Public Libraries · Publishing · Vendor News

Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, and the $79 Kindle

September 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

Big news today from Amazon about the forthcoming release of the new Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet to be available on November 15th.  In addition to the Fire, Amazon also introduced  a touchscreen e-reader called Kindle Touch.  It’s black and white with no keyboard and will cost $99 for wi-fi version.  Finally, they announced the […]

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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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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Library News · Public Libraries · School Libraries

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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Tags: Ebook Readers · Formats · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Library News · New Products · Press Releases · Public Libraries · School Libraries · Vendor News

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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Tags: Ebook Readers · Interfaces/Platforms · Lending Readers · Library News · Public Libraries · Vendor News

Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, Google Books remove in-app purchasing from iOS apps

July 25th, 2011 · Comments Off

Apple’s new in-app selling rules are in effect, requiring retailers to give Apple 30% of revenues from book sales.  As a result, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Google Books have stopped selling books through their apps.  SONY’s app was rejected back in February for the same reasons.  There’s lots of news coverage, a few […]

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