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April 20, 2011
That's great news!
I had heard some speculation that Amazon would be providing many titles themselves. Do you know if that's the case, or will the books trickle in as funding becomes available? If Amazon does provide the titles, that would make Jeff Bezos into a sort of electronic Andrew Carnegie.
Please note that this is my personal perspective; because so few details are known at this time, I will only speculate as to how the partnership between OverDrive and Amazon will operate. To put simply the information provided on the OverDrive Digital Content Distribution page, publishers and retail partners upload their digital titles and OverDrive makes the content available to subscribers (i.e. HCPL patrons). Given the model provided here--which is targeted to potential corporate partners--if Amazon follows the same model, they will indeed generate revenue from the eBooks sold to OverDrive libraries. Individual libraries and consortia (such as the Indiana Digital Download Center, to which HCPL belongs) must purchase individual titles in order to make them available to patrons.
Wonderful! Our kindle users will be happy.
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