Very interesting blog post at ireaderreview.com on why Amazon will never work with libraries. Â The blog is not an official Kindle site, and the writer is portraying his views from a big business perspective, so keep this in mind before you shoot through the roof with anger, librarians. Â The comments are colorful as well, and worth a look. Â Let’s say this IS true, and Amazon will never work with libraries. Â Does this change your attitude toward loaning Kindles and buying content from Amazon to support the Kindles? Â If nook, SONY, Kobo, and others are better suited for library content, would you rather buy, loan and promote these devices in your library? I would.
Really interesting lists of eBook and eReader trends on the Kindle Review blog (posted March 5th).Â Some of the things I was happy to see on the list include:
- Multi Purpose Devices vs. Dedicated Readers – Will the dedicated readers be able to survive?
- Rise of ePUB
- DRM – is it possible we rid of it? ….unfortunately that is followed up by Is it possible it becomes more onerous and widespread?Â Clearly this is a trend that can go either direction.
- Rise of eTextbooks
- Arrival of Textbook Readers (Entourage eDGe or Kindle DX 2?)
One thing I saw that concerns me –
Libraries and the Kindle – Libraries are flocking to eReaders and eBooks in general and the Kindle in particular.
I hope libraries are looking at the bigger/broader picture of eBooks as well.Â I’d hate to see everyone latching on to the Kindle when there are so many new multi-purpose devices coming on the market that allow much more flexibility in eBook downloads/reading.Â (Ibis, Blio, Kobo are examples, but not all will work with libraries….yet.Â OverDrive is also branching out into DRM free EPUB and PDF for viewing on multiple devices)