Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Amazon Steps up to the Library EBook Plate

On April 20th, Amazon announced the Kindle Lending Library project, a model for licensing and lending Kindle eBooks to libraries. Amazon will partner with OverDrive for this project and use libraries' existing OverDrive collections. As you can imagine, this sent a wave of excitement through the community. Although some librarians were initially concerned, it appears to be all good news. Both Amazon and OverDrive have published press releases, although OverDrive's contains more details.

On the flip side of things, many of the, as I like to call them, heavies in online libraryland wrote some interesting and insightful posts in reaction to the news. For anyone wishing to investigate this matter further, here are few links to explore. Happy reading!

• Librarian in Black: Questions we should be asking about Kindle Library Lending
• Librarian by Day: Some Questions for OverDrive and Amazon about the Kindle Lending Library
• Pattern Recognition (by Jason Griffey): Kindle Library Lending
• Stephen’s Lighthouse: Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books
• Agnostic, Maybe: Houston, We Have a Problem

1 comment:

  1. Only available in the US, for the time being. :(