Thursday, May 05, 2011

KINDLE LIBRARY LENDING AND OVERDRIVE

Should be of interest if your local library currently offers eBook loans:

Amazon and OverDrive have announced the Kindle Library Lending program, which will enable Kindle customers to borrow and enjoy eBooks from our library, school, and college partners in the United States. The program is scheduled for launch later this year, and will significantly increase the value of the investment libraries have made in OverDrive.

Here is a brief introduction to what can be expected when this launches:

* The Kindle Library Lending program will integrate into existing OverDrive-powered 'Virtual Branch' websites.

* Existing collections of downloadable eBooks will continue to be available to Kindle customers. As new eBooks are added to collections, those titles will also be available for lending to Kindle and Kindle reading apps. Libraries will NOT need to purchase any additional units or formats to have Kindle compatibility. This will work for existing eBook titles.

* Users will be able to browse for titles on any desktop or mobile operating system, check out titles 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 borrowed eBooks.

* The Kindle Library Lending program will support publishers' existing lending models.

* Library users' confidential information will be protected.

* The Kindle Library Lending program will only be available for libraries, schools, and colleges in the United States.

More information on the launch of the Kindle Library Lending program will be released when the program is officially launched.

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