Since the library world has been a-buzz with eBook and eReader news and postings,and I know that a couple of BC libraries are going to be lending eReaders in the near future, here are some resources and commentary!
Library to Go our Provincial Public Library eBook lending resource can be a lot of fun. Or it can be a source of frustration.
- Some notes: some are compatible with Mac computers, many are not.
- Lots of security updating is required
- Great selection!
- Notes: Library to Go books can be transferred to Sony Readers and Kobo Readers (and Nooks!)
- Also compatible with Blackberries and Palm devices. They also have an iPod/iPhone app
- You can choose your due dates!
- The process is fairly painless for people that have registered their reader to their computer already.
Some recent commentary on Overdrive (Library to Go):
- There is this one by Sarah Houghton-Jan a San Jose Librarian: http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/2010/06/ebooks-2.html
- The posting was then commented on by David Lee king (of that Library 101 video): http://www.davidleeking.com/2010/06/15/library-ebooks-can-be-frustrating/
In eBook lending news there was this article by the Swiss-Army Librarian (a great session summarizer): http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2010/06/11/nela-its-workshop-on-ebooks
Which included lots about what different libraries are doing and why, and offers a peek into the future.
And here is a comic by Brad Colbow about using Overdrive.
For the Kindle users out there you can have books as well! Publishers like Baen allow you to send a title to your Kindle (even their free ones) and the Open Library allows you to send select textbooks to your Kindle. And don’t forget Project Gutenberg!
And to end on a “cheery” note, here is a posting from the Library Law Blog on the questionable legalites of lending ereaders: http://blog.librarylaw.com/librarylaw/2010/06/may-a-library-lend-e-book-readers.html
ETA: This paper (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/magazine/20Computer-t.html) to be presented at IFLA, is an excellent study of e-collection and ereaders.