The rumored news of Kindle offering a lending library has come to fruition. Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy from INFODocket shared this post this morning and gave me permission to repost in full. INFODocket posts all type of in-depth industry news and reports, so check them out for more than eBooks. @INFODocket
UPDATE: Paul Biba at TeleRead has posted a breakdown of the titles (by category) currently available from the Kindle Lending Library.
The rumored Kindle eBook lending service is real and is now live. It will add a new variable as libraries rethink their roles, collection building, eBook services for libraries, and many other issues.
First, some fast facts and links and then a few comments on first learning and digesting the news. As you’ll see there are a number of restrictions and limitations as of today. Of course, if this initial launch is successful, this will very likely change.
Fast Facts (As of Today):
- The Kindle Lending Library is ONLY Available to Those Who Own a Kindle Device AND Subscribe to the Amazon Prime Service
- The Service is Only Available for U.S. Customers
- None of the Six Largest U.S. Publishers are Participating
- Books Can Be Read on Multiple Kindle Devices, as Long as They’re Registered to the Same Eligible Account
- Books CANNOT Be Read on Kindle Reading Apps (Android, iOS, PC, Mac, etc.)
- One Book Can be Borrowed at a Time, and There are No Due Dates
- You Can Borrow a New Book as Frequently as Once a Month, Directly on a Registered Kindle Device, and You Will Be Prompted to Return the Book That You are Currently Borrowing
- If You Have Already Borrowed a Book in that Calendar month, You are Not Yet Eligible to Borrow a New Book Until the Next Calendar Month. There is No “Roll-Over” or Accrual of Unused Borrowing Eligibility
- Bookmarks, Notes, and Highlights are All Available on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Titles, and Will be Saved to your Amazon.com Account If You Borrow Again or Purchase the Book in the Future, Your Notes and Highlights Will be Available for You
- A Few of Titles Available at Launch Continue reading Kindle Lending Library launches with 5,000 titles
Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy at INFODocket are asking some very important questions about end-user privacy when borrowing OverDrive library books through a third party vendor site (Amazon). The post asks:
- Is Amazon collecting download information?
- Is Amazon saving library download info permanently?
- If not, how long will they keep it? Is there a retention policy?
- Can you provide any info about privacy as it relates to OverDrive/Amazon?
- Will the library books you borrow be used by Amazon to provide recommendations of books for you to purchase?
- Is there a link to scrub all of your personal “library” data from Amazon.com’s servers with a single click?
- Do OverDrive and Amazon.com have any suggestions about how to make the entire process clearer to users?
- How would they respond to the issue that, since the service is being marketed by libraries, users might incorrectly think library privacy policies may still apply?
More information about this issue is available via the INFODocket blog post.
Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy, formerly the senior editors of Resource Shelf and Docuticker, have now moved on to another complimentary set of news sites – InfoDocket and FullText Reports. Both of these new sites offer great aggregated content with a new look and feel.
ResourceShelf continues to publish (10+ years) with new editorial staff at http://www.resourceshelf.com/ and is part of the FreePint Family (http://www.freepint.com).
There is an interesting visual search feature in the HathiTrust Digital Library. Call number, language, and date, for both the entire HathiTrust collection and public domain works are available. The visualizations are colorful and created in flash on the screen. Roll over a piece of the pie and stats will appear, (i.e. DS – History of Asia, 157616 items), click on the pie piece and results for that variable will be displayed.
Here’s a HathiTrust sample chart – but not interactive.
Thanks to Gary Price from Resource Shelf for showing me this cool feature.
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