Kindle Users soon to be able to use OverDrive e-books!
According to a wide variety of sources, Amazon will soon have a Kindle Lending Library integrated into existing OverDrive Library Subscriptions to allow Kindle users to borrow ebooks from OverDrive just as Nook, Sony and other e-reader owners have been able to do for some time now. OverDrive’s own blog just confirmed this in a release to libraries this afternoon. This is great news for libraries and e-reader users alike, especially since it appears that our current e-book collection will be compatible with Kindles. Thankfully, that means that users won’t have to deal with yet another format – and better yet – libraries won’t have to purchase digital editions in another format! On a larger scale, I see this announcement by Amazon as a vote of confidence for the value of libraries making downloadable e-books a vital part of their collections. In my mind, the Kindle holds the same sort of spot in the e-reader world that iPods have held in the MP3 market. They have the name recognition that comes from widespread television exposure and are a solid product. By joining forces with OverDrive to make Kindle-compatible ebooks available to library patrons, I anticipate having a sizable group of Library patrons who will be eager to take advantage of this service. In their press release, Amazon stated that this service would be available “later this year.” In the meantime, those of us who purchase e-books for OverDrive collections in our libraries will have to plan how best to prepare for this latest development in the ever-changing world of digital content!