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Amazon Kindle to Partner With OverDrive for Public Libraries


(via CrunchGear)  The deal seems to be that patrons will be able to borrow books free of charge for a limited period of time using the hardware Kindle device or their Kindle apps on other devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android phone, etc.

What I’m wondering and even Matt Burns, of CrunchGear wasn’t sure is if there will be an artificial scarcity placed on books?

I do like this bit though:

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”

I’m okay with this idea, as long as Amazon doesn’t expect a huge fee to paid by my public library for offering the service. Library budgets in the best of times are slim, in today’s topsy turvy world they are practically non-existent.

No, I’d prefer that Amazon give the service for free to libraries. They’ve already announced an ad supported hardware Kindle device, so why not extend that idea out to these library loan books? Everytime you open one of these library loan books you might see a display ad on the home screen, but not within the book itself. Amazon wins because it will drive the hardware Kindle sales, and the use of their Kindle apps on other devices, which ultimately results in more book sales from Library patrons who decide that they’d rather own a particular book rather than having to check it out multiple times.of course, I would expect that all ads would disappear once I owned the book in my own Kindle library.

The ads may not be able to support the entire cost to Amazon, but it could certainly help defray te costs. The question might whether there are not enough suitable and complying advertisers to support this model.

If so, I think this model would be particularly helpful with notoriously expensive books such as textbooks.

CrunchBase has this bit about OverDrive and how they might be involved in this prcoess.


Apple beginning to clamp down on third-party content purchases?

This report in this morning’s New York Times by Claire Cain Miller and Miguel Helft has caused a stir in the Apple iPad community, because it suggests that Apple rejected the Sony eReader app in their App Store because it allowed the user to obtain ebooks that were not purchased from the iBookstore.

I am of the opinion that the writers of this story have it wrong. Their primary source seems to be Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division, who of course might have a bit of a beef with Apple now that their app has been rejected. While Haber says that their app was rejected because of ” might have been rejected for other reasons.

But, if the report is accurate, then it foreshadows the possibility that Apple might cut iPad users off from their Kindle app purchases at some point.  I am fairly confident that Apple would not do this, at least not yet anyway. Not with hardware competitors to the iPad just now entering the market. Also, Apple has never done this with music. You’ve always been able to add songs purchased from elsewhere to listen to on your iPad, iPod, or iPhone, so I find it unlikely that they would make such a policy shift.

I suspect that we might be able to glean more about this issue after the event to be held jointly by Apple and Rupert Murdoch, of News Corp., on Feb. 2nd of this year, to announce The Daily, an iPad only newspaper subscription that is to be made available in the App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad owners.

It will be a huge mistake and highly damaging to the iPad platform if the New York Times article is accurate with their hypothesis.

On a side note, with Steve Jobs out for now, it will interesting to see which Apple representative will be beside Rupert Murdoch when the announcement is made. Will it be Tim Cook, the COO, and current interim CEO, or Phil Schiller, the VP of Marketing, or perhaps someone else from the one of the other divisions that we rarely see?