Lending books is not new, why fight it?

Lending books is not new, why fight it?

I just borrowed my first book on Amazon with my Prime membership. The message I got once it was processed was that I can borrow again on December 1, 2011. That is just about a week away. This sounds like they enforce the one-book-per-month on the turn of the the month and not necessarily on the anniversary of the last borrow. Good to know.

There has been quite the uproar in the media lately with this lending program from Amazon. Authors and publishers claiming everything from a violation of ToS and contractual agreements to being cheated out of

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Kindle lending program beta starts quietly

I was just about ready to go off about the lack of fulfillment on a ‘promise’ we had earlier this year from Amazon (via Mashable) that they would partner with local libraries to institute a lending program for eBooks. Then, I happened on this TechCrunch article.

It was something I had been looking forward to because buying eBooks can get expensive and frustrating. Plus, my mother had always told me that the library would probably prove the best reading resource I would ever need anyway.

As an avid reader, owning the books (preferably hardcover versions) was

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OverDrive launches WP7 app!

OverDrive launches WP7 app!

Do you borrow eBooks from your public library? Chances are that you know about the OverDrive app as it is the platform used by most public libraries to loan out their eBooks and a whole lot more!

In the past OverDrive’s platform has been compatible with dedicated eBook Readers including the Barnes & Noble NOOK, the Sony Reader as well as apps for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile. In short OverDrive now supports every major desktop and mobile operating system as they have recently added an app for Windows Phone 7.

This new app, launched this week,

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