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It’s vacation time! Are you reading anything?

I’ve been on vacation for two weeks and I only managed to put a small dent in my reading list while I was off. Of course, this last vacation was more about entertaining visiting family that it was anything else, but I had still hoped to get in more than half a book.

Vacation means different things to different people but I think for most readers it usually means more time to read more. With physical books, you’d go vacation reading shopping; browse the bookstores and libraries for as many books as you can carry in your arms,

Musing on the book burning times.

The title of this post belies the truth since the Qur’an burning of 2010 makes the ‘book burning times’ more current than we’d like it to be.

As a bibliophile, I cannot imagine burning a book. The Concise Oxford Dictionary is up to its 12th edition, and I still have my 8th edition sitting on a shelf somewhere because I don’t know what to do with it. I can’t throw it away, I’m not sure what recycling will do to it, and I can’t imagine what use a dictionary that is 4 editions behind the current one will

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

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

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,