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ITI Crosslinks: Amazon Launches Library Ebook Lending Support for Kindle and an All-New Kindle Family

Posted Sep 30, 2011
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Ebook news is big these days, and matters increasingly in the K-12 realm. Here are the opening paragraphs, plus a couple of teaser sentences to entice you to read more, from a report on Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks yesterday:

On Sept. 21, 2011, Amazon and its partner OverDrive  announced Kindle and Kindle app support for lending library ebooks. More than 11,000 public libraries in the OverDrive network in the U.S. will now offer their users who have Kindle e-readers and Kindle app software access to library ebooks. OverDrive, based in Cleveland, Ohio, is a leading digital distributor of ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video to the public library marketplace. Using the OverDrive platform, library customers will be able to access ebooks that have been selected or leased by the local public library.

Amazon’s Kindle support for ebook lending has almost taken a back seat to the company’s Sept. 28 announcement of its All-New Kindle Family, including the long-anticipated tablet computer the Kindle Fire, a powerful full-featured tablet that will be a direct competitor to Apple’s iPad. At $199, the Kindle Fire offers the complete range of content with a brilliant color touchscreen. The next generation of Kindles will range in price from $79 up to the Kindle Fire at $199. Shipments of the new Kindle Fire will begin on Nov.15.

Support for ebook lending is a major departure for Amazon and is an important milestone for libraries. Previously, Amazon only sold ebooks and did not support ebook lending for libraries even though there has been significant demand from libraries. ...

Read Dan Tonkery's entire report, "Amazon Launches Library Ebook Lending Support for Kindle and an All-New Kindle Family" HERE on Information Today, Inc.'s NewsBreaks.

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