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Kindle will gets library lending - but not in uk yet..

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Initial post: 23 Apr 2011 11:31:59 BDT
Andrew Webb says:
Kindle gets library book lending - -

"The retailer is teaming up with Overdrive, which already offers an e-book lending service through 11,000 American libraries."

Overdrive powers most (all?) of the UK library lending services (were as long as you belong to a library you can freely download and borrow books in epub, and pdf format)

be wonderful to have it including kindle format books as well... :)

Posted on 9 Aug 2011 08:01:34 BDT
Please, please, please, please, please bring this to the UK

Posted on 9 Aug 2011 23:21:05 BDT
nannaneisy says:
i'm not sure i actually need a "library" i currently have over 500 books on my kindle with freebies added every day. i also have around 2000 on my laptop MORE then i can actually read in my lifetime. however, that said libraries could be a good idea for a book you really really want to read that is out of your price range providing there is little or no charge

Posted on 9 Sep 2011 13:41:56 BDT
Bookworm2 says:
Libraries in the UK are limited in the choice of ebook supplier they can use. Amazon will not allow public Library Services to have access to the Kindle format as yet. Of course, Library Services have to pay for any access.

Posted on 9 Sep 2011 20:06:02 BDT
Cate1976 says:
The library service in Northern ireland has recently started doing ebook lending and is already looking into lending in a format which will work on Kindles. I was talking to staff in my local library and they said they've already had a few requests from Kindle owners, I told them that MOBI works on Kindles and they're going to pass the request on. I thought some libraries in England were doing ebook lending in MOBI format.

Posted on 18 Nov 2011 18:59:39 GMT
what's the latest on kindle format for uk public libraries? can i get e-books from us public libraries via overdrive? if so could you lead me through it.ican't seem to find the "get for kindle" tag

Posted on 18 Nov 2011 20:13:05 GMT
DaveyH says:
No, Kindle library lending is not available in the UK yet. Some of us can't borrow ebooks of any sort (my county library service doesn't do them).

Posted on 19 Nov 2011 00:47:08 GMT
Recently on Radio 4 You And Yours there was someone on from the body that represents Libraries in the UK and Amazon weren't in discussions with them. They had reservations about data protection with the Kindle. But as Amazon aren't talking to them at the moment, nothing is going to happen.

Posted on 19 Nov 2011 13:39:37 GMT
Caroline P. says:
Please please try and understand that Amazon really just aren't very interested in the UK or the rest of the world. We get a store. Eventually we got one of the Kindle models (or 2, I guess, if you consider the same thing in Wifi vs 3G as different models). And since then? They haven't bothered one inch about anything else at all. All the goodies and advances are only for US customers.
I absolutely believe Amazon haven't even been talking to libraries. Really, they just don't care. Maybe we're too small a market? Or maybe we're just not American? No-one know why but the evidence is in front of our faces.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2011 13:42:16 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2011 13:57:09 GMT
Maria says:
Amazon are a large company and are interested in making a profit from as many customers as possible . They have set up a branch here for U.K. customers in order to make profit. If they weren't interested in us they wouldn't have done this. Not everyone can have everything at the same time when there are different laws applying to different countries. Have some patience & it will be here eventually.

Posted on 20 Nov 2011 15:28:44 GMT
Caroline P. says:
Not interested in defending myself - especially to J.H.

I will simply point to Amazon's track record with regard to Kindles/Kindle fire/Kindle Prime etc and leave it at that.

WE might like to think we're important with 65 million people. That really isn't a market of 65 million readers or tablet buyers. All I'd say, is if Amazon saw us as a big important market, they'd be doing something different. After all, as Maria says, they're in business to make money - indeed, that is their duty to their shareholders.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2011 15:53:05 GMT
Damaskcat says:
You really have a thing about this, don't you? The UK isn't as big as the US - it never will be. Therefore the market for anything is never going to be as big as the US.

Personally I'd rather the US got to iron out all the problems first.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2011 09:26:13 GMT
J. H says:
It is beyond thick to suggest that amazon are not interest in making money from any other country apart from the US simple because they do not launch all product internationally. Most companies do exactly the same thing.

Are Sony only interested in the Japanese market because they launched the playstation there first? OF COURSE NOT.

It is simply not possible to manufacture enough units of a product that is expected to sell very well in order to launch worldwide in one go.

Its not a big conspiracy against anyone, its not anti uk, its not amazon treating us like second class citizens, its BUSINESS, its NORMAL practice.

You've just got all ar*ey because you wanted a different kindle model than is available in the UK currently. Deal with it and get over yourself.

I have never seen a post from you that is not whinging.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2011 16:37:09 GMT
bluecat says:
Ooooooh J.H, you're so masterful......!!!

Posted on 21 Nov 2011 16:47:24 GMT
Caroline P. says:
@Damaskcat: I thought that was pretty much what I was saying

@J.H I struggle to understand what manufacturing is involved in stuff like gifting kindle books, lending kindle books and so on. I just didn't realise Amazon crafted each Kindle book! (Oh, and talk about pot calling kettle...)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2011 17:40:59 GMT
Damaskcat says:
The whole tone of your post - and previous posts was that Amazon don't care about the UK market. My post was purely factual - i.e. we're not as big as the US.

Posted on 25 Nov 2011 09:28:18 GMT
J. Lees says:
I work in a Ministry of Defence library and have been asked about the possibility of getting kindles. What is the state of play with this at the moment? I'v ebeen researching some of the US case studies showing how to catalogue and issue kindles and content, but I wasn't sure what the situation was over here? Any help/advice appreciated!

Posted on 25 Nov 2011 10:15:55 GMT
Maria says:
There is no library lending here at the moment, & I think that the best thing you could do would be to contact Amazon directly to clarify this for you due to legal issues.

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 20:43:29 BDT
Kate says:
when a kindle reader will handle overdrive I will buy one. I borrow books from my library which are delivered via Overdrive for DRM. I use the kindle app on a fairly hefty tablet but this also runs overdrive, so I can read books from the kindle store, (and I have many) and books from my local library on 1 week or 2 week loans on the same device. The device, is unfortunately not as convenient in size, battery life etc as a kindle, but I dont have to carry two separate devices, so Amazon, do your deal with overdrive so that those of us with a reading habit can buy or borrow ebooks.

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 21:22:44 BDT
willie wit says:
This thread is one year old.


In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 21:24:23 BDT
Kate says:
and we still dont have overdrive on UK kindles!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 21:27:50 BDT
Suze says:
Whats overdrive please.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 21:31:02 BDT
Kate says:
overdrive is the application used by most libraries in the UK and many libraries elsewhere to lend ebooks . it includes digitial rights management (DRM) and with it you can borrow books from your local uk library. But it does not work on the kindle reader, although it works on iphone, windows mobile, android and pc. So with any kind of tablet you can read both kindle books and overdrive delivered books. But a tablet is a lot heavier not as readable and does not have the battery life of a kindle reader

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 21:33:00 BDT
Suze says:
Thanks Kate, I've never heard of it before.
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