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Libraries and Kindle Unlimited, by Jill O'Neill | The Scholarly Kitchen

Libraries and Kindle Unlimited, by Jill O'Neill | The Scholarly Kitchen | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In the wake of Amazon’s announcement of a new ebook subscription service, Forbes published an article by a British think tank employee with the link-bait title of “Close the Libraries and Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription”. As you might gather, the idea put forth was that supporting this licensing approach might be more cost effective for enabling the public’s access to content than the traditional public library in the United Kingdom. While that might not be the greatest idea, there is still much that scholarly publishers can learn from Amazon’s business strategy.

As a historical footnote, subscription based libraries were big in Britain during the 18th and 19th century when reasonably affluent individuals might pay for access to the latest three volume novel. (For some historical background on subscription based lending libraries, see here and here respectively). In the context of the Kindle Unlimited subscription, the reader pays Amazon $120 per year (or $119.88, if we’re being sticklers for accuracy) and gains access to as much as they want from a collection of about 600,000 titles. Critics have noted that these are not the high-end titles found in a first rate public or academic library; Amazon’s offering doesn’t include best-sellers, textbooks or scholarly monographs."

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The controversial debate about the future of libraries vs subscription based ebook services. 

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Library and Librarianship Links for the month of November | Deep Librarian

Lisa Newton:

"My favorite links from the world of librarianship for the month of November 2013."

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A valuable collection of library-related links!

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The Profitable Business of Kindle Book Lending | TeleRead

The Profitable Business of Kindle Book Lending | TeleRead | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"Last week, Amazon announced that it was extending its controversial e-book lending scheme, the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, to the UK. In its current state, Kindle Lending Library is a value-added service to Amazon Prime, the premium delivery service for which the e-commerce giant charges £49 a year here in the UK. It allows users to ‘borrow’ one of a selection of 200,000 Kindle e-books at a time for free each month (or for the equivalent sum of £4.08 per e-book if you don’t make use of Amazon’s delivery service that month)."
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Choosing the Best E-Reader … for me, and for you | TeleRead

Choosing the Best E-Reader … for me, and for you | TeleRead | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Cara Gavin:

"I recently stumbled upon a Tech News Daily article that helps consumers choose which e-reader is best for them. I delved right in, looking to find the answers to my e-reader questions.

Should I get a tablet or an e-reader?

Do I want to type or tap?

Kindle vs. Nook: Which has the better display?

Do I want to read in bed?

What about book selection?

Do I get any perks?"

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Penguin ebooks return to libraries

Penguin ebooks return to libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Read 'Penguin ebooks return to libraries' on Digital Trends. After pulling its books due to "security concerns," Penguin is resuming letting Kindle owners borrow ebooks from libraries - just not new titles.
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Public library embraces digital age - The Daily O'Collegian - Oklahoma State University

Public library embraces digital age - The Daily O'Collegian - Oklahoma State University | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

With the advancements in technology, libraries are forced to keep up to avoid getting left behind.

About two weeks ago, the Stillwater Public Library made the Kindle compatible with its system called Overdrive, an online global distributor of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital content, according to its website.

 

 

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Ten Library Stories That Shaped 2013 | LISNews

"...the notable library happenings of the past year!"

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Great compilation! 

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Rehash. Good stuff. 

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10 questions about books, libraries, librarians, and schools, by Scott McLeod

10 questions about books, libraries, librarians, and schools, by Scott McLeod | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY SCOTT MCLEOD:

"October apparently was ‘Library Month’ for me. I was the keynote speaker for the Minnesota MEMO conference and did a breakout session for the Iowa Library Association (ILA) conference. I also brought Dr. Mike Eisenberg to Iowa for three days to talk with school administrators about technology and information literacy. As a result, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on books, reading, and the future of libraries and librarians…"

"Random questions

What constitutes a “book” these days? When books become electronic and thus become searchable, hyperlinkable, more accessible to readers with disabilities, and able to embed audio, video, and interactive maps and graphics, at what point do they stop becoming “books” and start becoming something else?"...

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Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4

Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
There's no comprehensive service for e-book lending. So tomorrow the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will announce a review into the best way to make e-books available to all library users.

 

"Insisting on a visit to the library to download an e-book might be one way of protecting libraries from closure in an increasingly digital future. But there’s another threat – from online retailer Amazon, who make the best-selling e-reading device, the Kindle. Amazon currently refuses to license Kindle technology to libraries, prompting fears it could launch its own nationwide e-lending service, which could perhaps further undermine both the publishing industry and the local library – whatever the outcome of the government’s review on e-lending."

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Amazon Expands Kindle Owners’ Lending Library To Self-Published Authors

Amazon Expands Kindle Owners’ Lending Library To Self-Published Authors | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As rumored, self-published authors who agree to make their e-books available exclusively on Kindle for 90 days are now eligible to include their books in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and have the chance to make extra money."

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Librarians Weigh Kindle Ebook Lending against Reader Privacy | American Libraries Magazine

Librarians Weigh Kindle Ebook Lending against Reader Privacy | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.

 

"The library world was thrilled at the September 21 announcement that library vendor OverDrive had enabled its library customers to loan the ebooks they’d licensed from OverDrive to patrons with Kindle e-readers—provided that the ebooks were in Kindle-maker Amazon’s sales inventory. Since then, examination of the fine print between OverDrive and Amazon has caused ethical concerns to be raised in several arenas of library punditry, as American Libraries E-Content blogger Christopher Harris has summarized. Among those concerns is a perceived incursion on patron confidentiality because Kindle ebook borrowers must sync their e-readers to their Amazon accounts in order to receive the borrowed item."

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We are all librarians now » The Panamerican

We are all librarians now » The Panamerican | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We are all librarians now: http://t.co/LegUIXlH by @markosul...
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