Is Amazon's Library Lending Feature for Kindle a Game Changer?

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Shadai

I've been borrowing ebooks from my library for the last year now on my nook.

 

Truely not what I'd call a "game changer".  More like Amazon finally catching up.  The fact you could already borrow books on the nook for so long was one of the best kept secrets for nook owners for the last year and half or however long the nook has been out.  Seriously.  You want 14.99 for that new book?  Nah.  I'll just borrow it from the library.  For free.  I don't need to own it.  Just a week or two to read it.  

 

And not just crap titles either.  The website my library uses stocks all the bestsellers and more as soon as they hit the market.  IE, if your ebook costs you more then 9.99, chances are good it'll be there to borrow for free.  Since I refuse to pay more then 10 bucks for an ebook, its worked out nicely for me.

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JohnP

No. NOT a game changer. My library has had e-book lending for years now. It has a pathetic list of books available, most of them free in other parts of the web. "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Part V" anyone? There are exactly 1001 E-books currently available, the number of NYT bestsellers? Zero. In the library, there must be 150 times that much, along with all of the NYT bestsellers on the shelves. And this is a GREAT library with a good budget in a wealthy state.

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Tenhawk

If Amazon is supplying the books, I highly DOUBT it'll be limited to PD books. Though I expect that Amazon will have to give pubilshers an option to opt out, otherwise they do stand the risk of losing a lot of people. I have a book published on Amazon called Thermals, so news like this tends to catch my eye, but aside from the gut check reaction to say "this is bad", which I think is probably a based on completely false assumption, I can't say how I feel about this.

Potentially is either very good or very bad for the ebook publishers... most likely, however, it'll be a nonissue and won't have any significant effect... at least not for some time.

I do want to know how they handle certain things... Traditionally libraries have had limited stock, for example, so if you wanted a book and it was out... maybe you went a bought it? If libraries now have unlimited stock, why would anyone buy a book? Also, will the libraries have to buy their copies of the ebooks? They have to buy paperback copies...

Lots of questions I'd like answered, but I'm tentatively optimistic anyway. After all, Amazon is a company, so they're going to be looking for some way to monetize this... and if they don't want publishers to pull out of their store they have to think of what's best all around.

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JohnP

Nah, the libraries already HAVE books to lend out, and have had for years. The Kindle just did not have the firmware to download the books. Apparently, they soon will. Amazon has nothing to do with the libraries stock of e-books.

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Darksyde

Dosen't the Nook already let you use library ebooks?

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MrBlueCheese

Yeah, through Adobe Digital Editions.

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stoneyguy

I wonder why your not sure if a book can be re-borrowed when you quote Jay Marine as saying, "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." 

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MrBlueCheese

I think your confusing two things.

Barnes and Noble Nook (and Nook Color) have an option to "Lend" books to others. The problem with that is you can only do it once.

It seems that Amazon is trying to leverage a position that will allow eBooks from the "library" to be put on the Kindle. Just like you can with a regular library book, you can check it out as many times as you want.

 

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