20. April 2011 07:59
Exciting news in the library world of ebooks today, as Amazon announces their new program Kindle Library Lending. Sometime later this year, Kindle will team up with OverDrive to offer Kindle users the ability to borrow Kindle books from their local library (if their local library has a contract with OverDrive). Also, there is mention of allowing libraries to circulate Kindles, which up until this point went against Amazon licensing rules.
The best part: you can save your annotations, so when you check out the book again or purchase it, you will still have access to all the bookmarking, highlights, and notes you made before.
While there are still some kinks to work out, and this is just an announcement that there is something in the works regarding Kindles and libraries, this is a huge step in the ebook world.
Some background info: as of right now if you own a Kindle, you cannot borrow ebooks to read on your Kindle from the library (our library or any other). Kindle only reads its own Amazon filetype (and a few other filetypes that publishers don't use like .txt). The best bet currently for borrowing ebooks from a library that uses OverDrive and reading them on your own e-reader is to have any of the Sony e-readers, the Barnes & Noble Nook, or other e-reader devices that aren't well-known. For more information about e-book formats, read the Wikipedia entry here.
Also in the library community, OverDrive has not had much positive reviews since it is somewhat challenging to download an ebook to your personal reader. There is hope, especially now, that with Amazon teaming with OverDrive the downloading process should improve!
Do you read ebooks? What do you think of Amazon's announcement? Comment below!
Have a great day!