Library eBooks Coming Soon to Amazon Kindle! But At What Cost?
May 13, 2011
Posted in: News
Let’s look at few examples.
Amazon will know exactly how many Kindle owners are library borrowers. This is huge information as we advance in the evolution of ebooks. Libraries should have access to these numbers. Amazon won’t even confirm the exact number of Kindles they’ve sold. Yes OverDrive should be able to tell us numbers and percentages for how many of our borrowers are Kindle owners. But what I would really like to know is how many Kindle owners also borrow from their public library.
Amazon will know exactly what percentage of library checkouts lead to purchase. We know that borrowing books from a library doesn’t hurt sales, and in fact it improves them. There has been research. But now Amazon will have the cold hard numbers that show what percentage of people borrow a book from the library then buy it from Amazon. They might even know if you borrowed an ebook then bought a print copy. This is so important as we (and Amazon) move forward in negotiating our place in the ebook world.
Amazon is going to have access to a LOT of stats about library user habits, both borrowing and buying. These are just two examples. This is very valuable information as we advance with the development of ebooks, and the role libraries play. This is information libraries need and should have. While I am thrilled personally that I’ll be able to use library ebooks on my Kindle, and professionally that I’ll no longer have to tell Kindle owners that they can’t borrow ebooks from the library because Amazon doesn’t allow it, I can’t help be concerned that in the end we have made an very uneven trade.
- How eBook Catalogs at Public Libraries Drive Publishers’ Book Sales and Profits
- After Kindle Lending, the Deluge | Josh Hadro
- Kindle Lending Library | Jason Griffey
- Kindle Library Lending and OverDrive – What it means for libraries and schools | OverDrive
- Questions we should be asking about Kindle Library Lending | Sarah Houghton-Jan
- Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books | Stephen Abram
- Houston, We Have A Problem | Andy Woodworth
- Some Questions for Overdrive and Amazon about the Kindle Lending Library | Bobbi Newman
-posted by Bobbi Newman, Library Renewal Contributing Editor and Advocate