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Good news (or is it?) – Amazon develops a library lending program for kindle

Here is a press release from Amazon about libraries being able to lend out kindle books.  Nice to know that progress is being made on this front.  Or is it?

Here is a blog post from Stephen Abrams about the announcement.  Here is the concluding paragraph.

The ability to lend books on reading devices has been available for many years. It will be almost three years by the time this Kindle feature arrives in libraries for Amazon to catch up. At a minimum an argument could be made that Amazon is using their device’s market share to promote an e-book standard that is really only used by Amazon and to gain retail market share against others (epub and PDF are international standards that the Kindle does not support). Are they placating libraries to gain access to our users?

What do you think, BTC?  Is this a good or a bad development for libraries?  I personally think it is a good step forward!

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Written by amwlkaw

April 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Posted in Misc

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  1. Just this month we, the Southlake Public Library have sighed on and paid the big bucks for Overdrive. It will be interesting to see what Amazon will do with this latest development

    elizabeth beamon

    April 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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