Great news for Kindle-philes: Amazon to partner with OverDrive


Amazon announces e-book loans for the Kindle

(CNN) -- Want to check out e-books from the library and read them on your Kindle? That will be possible later this year as Amazon announced Wednesday that it would join a library loan program for electronic books.FULL ARTICLE>>


article by John D. Sutter, CNN.com

April 20, 2011

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Comment by Mister B on April 26, 2011 at 1:34pm

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.

Comment by Jessica Stroud-Gibson on April 26, 2011 at 2:35pm

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.

Comment by Alisa Burch on April 26, 2011 at 9:59pm

Wonderful!  Our kindle users will be happy.

Comment by Jessica Stroud-Gibson on April 28, 2011 at 1:48pm
OverDrive has supplied the following details in regard to downloads for Kindle users:
  • The Kindle Library Lending program will integrate into the existing Indiana Digital Download Center.
  • The existing collection of downloadable eBooks will be available to Kindle customers. As new eBooks are added the collection, those titles will also be available for lending to Kindle and Kindle reading apps.
  • A patron will be able to browse for titles on any desktop or mobile operating system, check out a title with a library card, and then select Kindle as the delivery destination. The borrowed title can then be enjoyed using any Kindle device and all of Amazon's free Kindle reading apps.
  • The Kindle eBook titles borrowed from a library will carry the same rules and policies as all other OverDrive eBooks.
  • The Kindle Library Lending program will support publishers' existing lending models.
  • Patrons' confidential information will be protected.
  • The Kindle Library Lending program is only available for libraries, schools, and colleges in the United States.
OverDrive stated that they will provide more information on the launch of the Kindle Library Lending program as it becomes available.

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