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8Apr/110

Interview with eBook lending site ‘eBook Fling’

eBook Fling is one of the new kids on the block in terms of eBook lending sites! They specialize in support for both the Kindle and Nook full line of e-readers and their supported applications. Within just a few weeks of launching their site reached over 10,000 members.

Anna De Souza of eBook Fling explains her company as “an e-book swapping community that helps people get the most out of their e-reading experience by helping them find people to lend books with.”


What eBook Fling really does is facilitate the lending process between users who do not know each other giving them the ability to lend and borrow books from each other. Their system works with all Amazon e-readers and apps and ditto with Barnes and Noble.

Of course, there are many eBook lending competitors such as Lendle and Booklending, but what really separates eBook Fling from the competition? Anna mentions “We feel we provide a better service than our competitors because we actually monitor the trade process.  Instead of handing out someone’s e-mail address, we create anonymous one-time-use e-mails to facilitate a trade.  It helps to reduce fake-senders, scammers, spammers, and other ilk.”

While other lending sites are basically one man operations eBook Fling has a wellspring of experience in running companies. The founders of eBook Fling previously launched a company called BookSwim.com which was hailed as the “Netflix for Books.”  That business is still going strong.  All the founding members have been involved in web development and startups for many years though.

It was only a few weeks ago that Amazon came down hard on Lendle and revoked their API access throw their entire business model into limbo. This made big news on the internet and behind closed doors many other ebook lending companies were shivering in their timbers. Anna De Souza had this to say about her companies position on what transpired and how it might effect the future of the ebook lending model. “We see ourselves as a benefit to both Amazon and B&N.  We believe that we will actually increase the sales of e-books (for those that do not wish to wait, or want books that aren’t lendable).  As well, we believe that we make the Nook or Kindle a more viable purchase option.  Many people are hesitant to get into e-books because their library doesn’t lend them and because they cannot borrow from friends.  We enable that to be possible and therefore we see ourselves as an overall benefit to sellers/publishers.”

Recently at Good e-Reader we wrote an article on the future of eBook piracy and how eBook lending clubs will facilitate their demise. Upon reading the article eBook Fling responded “I feel that people will using lending to try out new authors, try out unknown titles, and try to source some of their books cheaper.  They will still buy books, and I don’t believe lending will reduce total purchases.  I’ve yet to see any data that supports that giving away/lending books reduces sales numbers at all.  In fact, I’ve seen data that shows if you give things away for free, it can increase sales (if done correctly).  As for your piracy article – I think lending will have no effect on piracy.  Those who wish to lend are looking for a legal way to do what they’ve been doing with physical books.  Pirates want to steal and theres little you can do to stop that.”

eBook Fling allows borrowers without much of an internal sharing library to pay credits in order to purchase books. Normally a each is around .99 and compared to the purchase price of an ebook (.00) you can see the advantage of using eBook Fling. The company belives charging people to borrow books in some cases fast tracks their development process and puts more money into the company coffers allowing them to bust out some cool future features.

Sounds like a sound business model, but things are not all rosy. “Not enough books are lendable.  Publishers fear what lending will do, but as I said before, giving things away (in limited quantities) helps sales.  I would love to see publishers embracing lending more.  In fact, I see that being the near-term future.” said Anna.

When we interviewed the founders of Booklending, they echoed simalar sentiments, that not enough books are lendable and hopefully Amazon and Barnes and Noble will see the process of lending books as big business. The entire concept of lending can really be the deciding factor when a customer decides on what e-reader they want to buy.

Related posts:

  1. New eBook lending site “eBook Fling” for Nook and Kindle e-Readers
  2. Interview with Booklending.com on their ebook lending company
  3. Why Kobo needs to implement eBook Lending
  4. How eBook lending clubs will extinguish eBook Piracy
  5. How eBook Library Lending works with e-Readers
  6. Amazon eliminates Lendle by cutting off API Access
23Mar/110

Book lending clubs OK – Microsoft sues B&N – Apple sues over ‘app store’

LENDLE  E-BOOK LENDING SITE IS BACK UP AND RUNNING.  THE OTHER MAIN SITES WERE FINE ALL DAY.

There have been three main Kindle booklending clubs, with one of them handling both Kindle and Nook e-books.  See earlier descriptions and links to the three sites.  Sites described there are BookLending Club, Lendle, and LendInk.
  Another site, ebookfling, received a full report in the Los Angeles times at one point, reported here.

BookLending.com said all through the day, Tuesday, on Facebook and on Twitter, that their access to Amazon's listings was "unaffected," it was "business as usual" and "we're not going anywhere."

But there was anger at Amazon for withdrawing Lendle's access to an Amazon API (special application programming interface), and the news stories tended to treat the action as a likely blanket decision to do a full stop on all e-book-lending clubs WHILE the four lending clubs mentioned above were up and running and the largest one had to keep telling members through the day that all was fine with them.

Why Lendle?
  There was something different with Lendle's situation.  It's not because they were larger and therefore more threatening to the publishers or Amazon.

  BookLending.com (formerly KindleLendingClub) now has approximately 18,000 members, and they say they're the largest lending site.

 However, Amazon could have been clearer, if Lendle paraphrased their statements well and didn't leave out important portions of the letter to them.  I think sometimes strange decisions are made at lower levels and the company pays for that later, but it was also quite odd that it was only Lendle that had the problem, of the sites that are most used.

  The most balanced and thoughtful column I read yesterday was by Slate's Farhad Manjoo, who did contact two of the other lending sites and found them both running and surmised:

' This suggests that Amazon might have shut down Lendle for narrow technical reasons.  So far, though, the company hasn't told Croft what those reasons are or what Lendle should do to restore access to the database. '

He also goes on to make many other good points, in general.

Here is Lendle's report-page re Amazon's actions and the explanation for the re-instatement last night.   About Amazon's latest email to them, they report:

' Late today, we received an email from an Associates Account Specialist at Amazon informing us that their concern only relates to our Book Sync tool, which syncs a user’s Kindle books with their Lendle account.

  Amazon informed us that if we disabled this feature, our access to the API, as well as our Amazon Associates account, would be reinstated.  We appreciate Amazon’s willingness to modify the position stated in the original access revocation email and work with us to get Lendle back on line.  We have complied with the request to disable the Book Sync tool (which was a very useful, but non-essential, feature of Lendle). '

That would be, then, the "narrow technical reason" that Slate's writer expected was the problem.  It appears to be a tool that's "non-essential" for Lendle but the sync'g of a user's Kindle books with their Lendle account seems to have been meant by Lendle to make it possible to confirm that the member had actually bought the book from Amazon.

UPDATE
  On the other hand, the use of that API seemed to encourage making known what was available for lending for each person even if the author had not thought to lend it, so that it encouraged random lending even more.  Both publishers, already paranoid about e-books, and Amazon would have reason to be nervous about that.

OTHER STORIES
Microsoft's lawsuit against Barnes & Noble (Nook)
"Microsoft sues Barnes & Noble over Nook reader"
Points in the ibnlive article:

' Microsoft Corp filed lawsuits for patent infringement on Monday against bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc over its Nook electronic book reader, widening the software company's legal assault on devices running on Google Inc's Android system...
. . .
In lawsuits filed in federal court in Seattle and with the International Trade Commission on Monday, Microsoft claimed the Nook line of e-readers infringe five Microsoft patents, concerning the way they display retrieved images, show the status of downloaded material on a small screen, edit electronic documents and render annotations.

The lawsuit also charged the makers of the devices, Foxconn International Holdings Ltd and Inventec Corp, with patent infringement.

"The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft's patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights," Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel of Microsoft's intellectual property and licensing, said in a statement.

"We have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec. Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action to defend our innovations."

Barnes and Noble said its policy is not to comment on litigation. Foxconn and Inventec could not immediately be reached for comment.' ...

It's surprising that B&N would 'refuse' to take licenses since they had put B&N up for sale due to less than favorable circumstances.  Foxconn provides essentials to all the device-makers.  How does that affect things?

  Amazon took action to prevent possible problems with Microsoft last year and they're not known to 'give' where it's not required.   Nieman Journalism Lab's Tim Carmody pointed out that "Microsoft and Amazon made a broad patent cross-licensing agreement for the Kindle and other technology, but it’s not known whether and under what conditions that agreement would permit an Amazon-branded multimedia tablet or prohibit it."

  The Nieman piece by Carmody is more general and makes these points:

' ...Like Frommer, I think it’s unlikely that the mainstream Kindle will be radically altered. It is simply too successful for what it is...

  Amazon plus Google may be the most dangerous competitor Apple could face.  The open question would be whether such a “Googlezon” tablet would need to carry the Kindle brand, or whether (like “Wintel”), they could set the market standards for an ecosystem of third-party manufacturers. '

  There's more at ibnlive.

  Here's added detail from AP on the situation.

Apple filed a complaint against Amazon to prevent the use of "app store"
TechConnect's Cristian writes a short and sweet story explaining this (bracketed clarification mine):

' ...Apple is currently engaged in proceedings to register App Store as a trademark and says that Amazon's use of the words would confuse and mislead customers.  Of course, iOS users [Apple operating system users] wouldn't really be 'confused' since Amazon's store would sell Android apps but even so, Apple doesn't like it and wants the court to throw the ban hammer at Amazon.

If Apple succeeds with its lawsuit then Amazon will have to figure out a new name for its store. '

ZDNet's Larry Dignan has a very detailed piece that should be read, explaining "Apple's stance: "Apple's App Store and a little trademark history"

Bloomberg gives detail on Apple's "Unlawful Use Claimed."

' Amazon has unlawfully used the App Store mark to solicit software developers throughout the United States,” Apple claimed.

Apple said in the court filing that it contacted Amazon three times to demand that it cease using the name and that Amazon hadn’t “provided a substantive response.”

“We’ve asked Amazon not to copy the App Store name because it will confuse and mislead customers,” said Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple.

Apple applied to register App Store as a trademark in the U.S., and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved the application, Apple said in the lawsuit.

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) opposes the registration and the matter will be the subject of proceedings before a trademark appeal board, according to the court filing. '

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23Mar/110

Interview with Booklending.com on their ebook lending company

booklending.com


eBook lending clubs have started to mature over the last few months as Amazon released book sharing functions for their Kindle line of electronic readers. Amazon allows lending of select books purchased from their company. These books can be sent to anyone who has a Kindle, or one of their apps. The website eBooklending.com helps facilitate the lending process, by helping connecting users with each other that would not have otherwise have met. This expands their library of books so more people can discover new literary works and new authors.

Amazon only rolled out their lending program December 30th 2010 and since then ebooklending.com has been at the forefront of this burgeoning market segment. We recently talked with Catherine MacDonald the woman behind the company on the origins. “The day Amazon rolled out lending, December 30, I thought it would be cool to have a community where people connect with one another to lend and borrow Kindle books. The next day, I created a page on Facebook and told some friends about it and word started to spread fast. Within a few days, the page had close to 1,000 likes and the page’s discussion tab was very busy with lending and borrowing requests. I realized that we really needed a custom website to serve the community in a scalable way.” She went on to add “We launched the site very fast – less than two weeks. Essentially, we went in with a baseline idea of the functionality the site needed to have to truly streamline community lending and borrowing, and we created it as quickly as possible.”

Booklending.com has made a number of changes since they first started their company. Several weeks after launching, they developed an algorithm that rewards their site’s more engaged members with faster book loans. So far, feedback has been excellent and they are very happy with how this has improved the way BookLending.com serves its members.

The book lending niche has around 6 major players with most recently Lendle got served its walking papers with Amazon axing the company from its affiliate program. We asked Catherine what she thought about its competitive edge against rival companies – “We have a wonderful community of Kindle book readers numbering over 18,000 and most of these members are on Facebook with us as well as on the site. The community is growing steadily through word of mouth. We spend hours a day getting to know and looking after the community members, and we believe that when you do that, the community can’t help but grow.”

Recently at Good e-Reader we wrote an excellent article on the ramifications of eBook lending affecting eBook piracy. The essence of our statement was that close to 75% of all pirates ebooks suffer from badly formatted books, spelling mistakes, scanned books and other factors that contribute to most books easily found as unreadable on most e-readers. Where as with lending clubs you have the legitimate store bought book in perfect working order. Sure you cannot keep the book, but often a two week lending period is all most normal readers need in order to complete a book. Most people pirate books because of the money factor and most book sharing clubs allow their members to lend and get lent books for free. Sounds like a good deal, and Catherine agrees with us. After reading our article she commented “We agree that easy, user-friendly and affordable legitimate access to electronic media reduces piracy – just look at iTunes and music. We feel that most people want to stay on the right side of of copyright law and that the drawbacks you listed in that excellent article are absolutely a disincentive when more legitimate, attractive alternatives like ebook lending exist. Beyond that, we find that our community members get satisfaction from the reciprocity and interaction that they experience when they lend and borrow in the BookLending.com community.”

In the end, we think Booklending.com is a great community with over 16,000 users. Although we only support the Amazon community at not Barnes and Noble or anything else its still very solid. We recommend checking them out today.

Related posts:

  1. New eBook lending site “eBook Fling” for Nook and Kindle e-Readers
  2. Why Kobo needs to implement eBook Lending
  3. How eBook lending clubs will extinguish eBook Piracy
  4. How eBook Library Lending works with e-Readers
  5. Amazon eliminates Lendle by cutting off API Access
  6. Libraries are starting to boycott Harpercollins
22Mar/110

Amazon declares war on ebook lending sites





Lendle, an ebook lending site has been killed by Amazon.

Lendle, one off the first websites that brought lenders and borrowers of Amazon ebooks into contact with each other, and enabled them to lend and borrow ebooks through that website, have had their access to Amazon’s Kindle store blocked, which effectively stops them from functioning.  The ebooks in question are stored on Amazon’s website, and need to be downloaded to the borrower’s Kindle from there, which is what  Lendle does, it has set up a system that makes this possible and easy for both parties.

The reason Lendle was given for this action on the part of Amazon was: ” Lendle does not ‘serve the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site.’”

This is obviously so, as the stated purpose of Lendle (and other similar sites which are popping up all over the place) is to help and encourage the lending and borrowing of ebooks, not the sale of them.

But………………………………………….

All these sites base their activities on the fact that certain ebooks that you can buy at the Kindle store and at Barnes and Noble are able to be lent out once for a period of 14 days, and as this is a system that those two companies have set up and given that all these websites that facilitate this lending and borrowing, and nothing more, and in no way encourage any form of illegal copying, selling on any other activities that are detrimental to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble that I can see,  I can only assume that it is yet another example of big business not wanting anyone else to get involved in their business, no matter how innocently and harmlessly.

Since the activities of sites such as Lendle are totally innocuous as far as I can see,  I rather think that once again we may be watching Big Business shooting itself in the foot again out of some sort of misplaced arrogance.

Further, it is also symptomatic of the chaos that reigns supreme in the ereader/ebook world just now, and which is showing no signs of ever calming down to become a nice, simple, standard system that would enable us all, no matter what device we use, where we live and so on to simply buy, sell, lend or borrow any ebooks we wished.    Ahhhh… dreams, dreams, dreams.

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22Mar/110

Amazon revokes API access for Kindle e-book lending service Lendle

lendleA number of sources, including CNET, report that Amazon has revoked API access for Kindle e-book lending service Lendle (whom we mentioned here and here). According to Lendle, Amazon said that Lendle does not “serve the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site.” Lendle has posted its own account as well.

The revocation means that Lendle is unable to access Amazon’s database, a crippling blow to the service. As a result, the Lendle team has pulled the plug on the website for now, though they are contacting Amazon to try to find out if there’s something they can change to change Amazon’s mind. Lendle co-founder Jeff Croft claims that at least two other Kindle lending services got the same message, though it is unclear whether they have actually been taken down.

On the other hand, Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader actually heard from four of the other seven Kindle sites that lend e-books and found that not only are they still up, but they haven’t heard anything from Amazon. (So perhaps those two that allegedly did were among the three he didn’t hear from?)

It’s still not clear yet whether the takedown was because of something Lendle did differently from the other lending sites, or whether Amazon will be going after all of them (Croft’s claim of others getting the same notice notwithstanding). Regardless, one thing remains clear: although Kindle and Nook owners can “lend” each of their books one time to one person, ever, people who illegally crack the DRM on their e-books can “lend” them to as many people as they want to.

16Mar/110

New eBook lending site “eBook Fling” for Nook and Kindle e-Readers

ebook lending site fling

We are quite happy with the rise of eBook lending sites, that help facilitate the love of reading from users who have never met each other before. A new entrant to the emerging realm of eBook lending services “Fling” has just opened for business and it allows eBooks that have the lending feature, such as the Barnes and Noble Nook “Lendme” feature and the Amazon equivalent.

The premise of Fling is a free membership site where users can find other users to share books with. Many eBooks have 14 day lending windows in which you can loan out your book and get it back after the expiration period. Fling is a free sign-up and they recommend you choose an email address specifically for lending books so your real email is not floating around. When you join the site you simply list the books you have available for lending and then watch the requests pile in.

When you successfully lend an eBook you earn “Credits,” these credits are used to make “Requests” for other users ebook libraries. If you do not get into the habit of lending books you can pay .99 per credit to make a request. Even though it might cost a bit, most people read books fairly fast. If you know you are under the gun to finish a book within the 2 week lending window you are in good shape.

We are aware of many other sites that help users connect with each other to lend and share the love of reading and are happy that sites like  Lendle and BookLending exist to help users connect. Although these two sites only cater to the Amazon Kindle crowd, we know of other private communities exist as well to share out books.

Check out eBook Fling today and see what the buzz is all about.

Related posts:

  1. How eBook lending clubs will extinguish eBook Piracy
  2. How eBook Library Lending works with e-Readers
  3. The Differences Between Kindle 2 and Nook – Which is Better
  4. Amazon launches ebook gifting for the holidays
  5. Is Barnes & Noble’s Nook a Kindle killer?
  6. Libraries are starting to boycott Harpercollins
16Mar/110

How eBook lending clubs will extinguish eBook Piracy

Graph showing the time line of eBook Piracy

eBook lending services are starting to blossom and bear fruit, as popular e-reader companies, such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble recently allowed their eBook owners to lend out most books for a 14 day window period. Many new websites such as eBookFling, Kindle Lending Club, Lendle and BookLending helps facilitate members sharing purchased ebooks with each other. The question is what effect will this have on piracy?

eBook piracy has certainly become more prevalent as e-readers and tablets are becoming more affordable and mainstream. You only need to watch television now to see the latest advertisement for the iPad 2 and the Motorola Xoom. You also have a fair amount of commercials for e-readers, such as the Kindle and Nook.

Popular Bit Torrent Site Torrentfreak recently investigated the number of downloaded E-Reader ebook files in conjunction with the subsequent release of the Apple iPad1 last year. The numbers were quite staggering. Research demonstrated that ebook piracy increased by a whopping 78% after the first few weeks of the iPad release. This was slowly been rising as the next generation iPad has been released.

If you doubt the future success of eBook lending clubs, e-readers or tablets, take a look at a recent report from IDC. They claimed that over 13 million e-readers and 18 million tablets were sold in 2011 and they expect the number to rise further this year. That is a fair number of new devices being claimed by thirsty readers.

Lets face it, eBooks are rather expensive, the tangible versions even more so. Many people are buying e-readers to save money over the long term. A new release in hardcover format in your local book store will range from to , where as the eBook is around to . There are obvious long term cost savings for the sort of person who buys and reads a fair amount of books buying it in electronic book form.

In the digital age, there is no denying that people are pirate eBooks from popular torrent sites, but why should eBook lending clubs not care?

Lets take a look at some of the various ways pirate eBooks end up making it to the online world, so we can evaluate the shortcomings of the industry.

Scanned Books

If you have ever searched for an eBook on a torrent site you will notice a fair amount of them are scanned books and often have degree of terrible quality. People often will scan a book page by page until its complete. The problem with this sort of format is that each page is often not centered, you also have pages out of order.

Manually copying a Book to an eBook

The next method pirates often get a eBook online seems rather implausible at first, but trust me, this is done far more then you would think. People often sit down with the physical book in their hands and write in a Microsoft Word document the entire book. They will literary spend weeks or months reading a sentence and then copy it down into the document. Some website owners also end up paying cheap labor from 3rd world countries to do this task for them. This factor again makes the eBook riddled with errors. The most common error is the default dictionary used in many word processing programs assuming one word is another. Combine this with many common words and you have a book that took forever to copy verbatim, only to be unreadable in the end.

Bad eBook conversions

The average ebook found on many torrent sites are often littered with obtrusive line space formatting and puncuation marks. Many eBooks available online can be converted from one format to another using eBook formatting software. These software bundles allow users to convert an PDF book to a ePub format – compatible with most e-readers. When most people attempt to convert the book they have find it riddled with half-sentences and other errors. This is partly because the original PDF was a scanned copy or had footnotes, or other graphics on it which a conversion program can only display text. These graphical images are then converted to ASCII and other formats to try and make text out of images. Needless to say it throws the entire book off.

DRM-Hackers

The final method is often the least employed, using or creating heavily updated tools to manually strip the DRM (or Digital Rights Management) from a purchased eBook from a legitimate store. Often the e-reader companies will come up with different eBook encryption formats to try and dissuade hackers from breaking their encryption. Retail giant Amazon recently employed a new encryption service called Topaz which circumvents many of the previous hacks.

Normally breaking the encryption and spreading the book out virally is often the best quality book, but they are rare. Hackers not only have to create the programs to begin with, but update them as software and encryption changes. Often these programs involve programming know-how, such as Java, Phython, Ruby or Pearl. Most of the best programs are beyond most peoples ability to employ.

Are Publishers Worried about eBook piracy?

Most eBook publishers are not worried about eBook piracy, yet. In a recent interview Penguin chief executive John Makinson proclaims himself as an eBook convert! He wants to get his company firmly behind ebooks but in 2010 they only accounted for %1 of the entire companies sales.

Most eBook companies see similar figures and have mainly voiced that they are not heavily concerned about it. What they are concerned about is the recent Agency Model the big publishers are coming up with to regulate global eBook prices. They have bigger concerns at this point in the game then eBook piracy which they leave up to the digital sellers like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and others.

The Agency model is also under fire right now, especially in Europe where the EU is launching a major investigating in Publisher Price Cartels where price fixing is illegal.

What companies offer the ability to lend out books?

There are lots of questions on how ebook lending services work. It is imperative that you first understand some of the underlying factors that contribute to making this possible.

Lending out eBooks is a relatively new phenomenon, Kindle lending is a feature launched by Amazon on December 30, 2010. Any Kindle book that has lending enabled can be loaned by one Kindle user to another for 14 days. At the end of the loan period the title is automatically transferred back to the book owners Kindle.

Barnes and Noble is the only other major company to offer a lending service entitled “Lend me.” It first started back in Beta in May 2010 and has quickly become a great service usable by all Barnes and Noble Apps and all of their e-readers. It works the same way as Amazon, except with Barnes and Noble ePub format.

What about Library lending?

Libraries have been around for as long as we have had written language. Throughout history they have aided mankind in record keeping, theology and literary works. As society evolved so did these houses of books in order to accommodate our growing needs. The latest leap in technology for libraries has been ebooks and the e-readers on which they are often displayed from.

Libraries are making it easier and easier to get a hold of their vast collections for you to enjoy on your e-reader.  Today we will be going over the steps needed to get you reading ebooks from your library of choice.

Using Overdrive

One of the first things you may want to do is to become familiar with Overdrive. This is the global distributor of ebooks and audiobooks to libraries that support their system. You can check the Overdrive database to see which books are available in your region for you to check out. Overdrive offers a wide selection of ebooks for different states and countries. With Overdrive Search you can locate the nearest libraries and view what they have to offer.

Gaining Access

Next you want to make sure that you have a library card. If you had a library card prior to this you can check to see if your library is listed and what they have to offer. If not then getting a library card number is as easy as filling out the application form for one at their website. Not all libraries offer these services so be sure to see what all is available to you in your area.

Depending on your location there may be a limited number of supported libraries present or maybe none at all. However this is no reason to fret. There are out of state libraries that will gladly assist you. These places normally require a small fee to operate. This type of membership will need to be paid on a yearly basis.

Viewing your Ebook

If you plan on reading your borrowed ebooks on an e-reader you can skip this step. For those of you that wish to read on your desktop computer or laptop you will need Adobe Digital Editions in order to view the DRM material of choice. This software is available on PC and MAC. You will also have the option of getting ebooks in ePUB or PDF format.

Once you install Adobe Digital Editions you will need to authorize your computer through the software. This can be done from the main menu.

If you plan on getting Mobipocket ebooks which use the PRC file format you will need to install the Mobipocket Reader application.

You are now all set to start enjoying what your local library has to offer. Once you download an ebook you can transfer it your e-reader in the appropriate folder or to an easily accessible location on your local computer to be viewed using your e-reader application.

You can also check your local library’s website for more information on their policies and procedures in regards to ebooks and any other assistance they may provide. Some libraries also have in-house workshops where they give free instruction on the process of signing up and downloading ebooks.

What companies offer eBook lending liaison service?

Many new eBook lending sites are rising up to take advantage over the lending services offered by Amazon and Barnes and Noble. This technology allows users who purchase books to share the books for up to 14 days to someone with the same e-reader, as long as they know their email address.

The situation most people find themselves in, is that they are the lone wolf in their circle of friends that actually have an e-reader and actively want to lend and be lent books to save even more money.

Enter the eBook lending services. U.S. distributor BookSwim recently launched eBook Fling. This is a bit of a different site that allows both the sharing of Kindle and Barnes and Noble Books. The lending feature offered an irresistible low-cost entrance into a booming market, according to company president George Burke. “We don’t have to touch the inventory even,” he said in an interview. “All we have to do is find a lender and a borrower, match them up and ensure that the book gets transferred.” Regarding eBook piracy in general he added, “This type of service doesn’t facilitate the transfer of a file,” Burke said. “And because we don’t touch a file we have no worries about piracy. It’s just not possible.”

ebookfling makes its money from the virtual credit system where users who do not lend books but want to be lent books can pay a few dollars to request books from other users.

Other websites such as Lendleme also work on the lending and borrowing system using the Amazon Kindle only technology. Lendle can’t work if people aren’t willing to lend books. When you join the site and tell them what books you own, you are given two borrow requests. As you lend books, you’ll get more borrow requests. As long as you’re lending, you’ll always be able to borrow. This helps the service have more books available and make sure users are always able to read something. As of press time this website currently had around 5,000 books available to consume. When you borrow books from this site, not only can you read them on your Kindle, but also on Kindle for PC, or any Kindle app on the iPad, iPhone, Android or iPod touch.

There are many other companies that also follow simalar suit to Lendleme, such as Booklending. They also lend books just in the Kindle format and both companies make money off of advertising.

How will eBook lending affect Piracy?

Right now we are on the cusp of a new niche market opening up and hopefully stimulating more companies to add this functionality to their e-readers, such as Kobo. Kobo has 2 different e-readers available and a bookstore with over 1.3 million books. If they were to implement a lending service they would help foster a new service stimulate reading and allow their users to enjoy the same service offered by Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

I expect to see eBook piracy failing quite significently in 2012 when the lending services gets more exposure and matures.

Part of the reason is that torrent websites and pirate sites offer very low quality books and it takes more time to find a good quality version of a book then it would take to register on a lending site. Since lending sites have all of the latest releases you will never have to really wait too long to get a copy of the book.

The main reason that lending sites will become the way people trade books comes to a question of quality of the ebook. Torrent sites cannot compete in terms of quality to the real thing.

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15Mar/110

Official statement of the ALA on restrictions on library ebook lending

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You can find the original here.

Restrictions on library e-book lending threaten access to information

Tight library budgets restrict e-book buying power

Chicago – As libraries cope with stagnant or decreased budgets, the recent decision by publisher HarperCollins to restrict the lending of e-books to a limited number of circulations per copy threatens libraries’ ability to provide their users with access to information.

Libraries have a long history of providing access to knowledge, information and the creative written works of authors,” said American Library Association (ALA) President Roberta Stevens. “We are committed to equal and free access for the millions of people who depend on their library’s resources every day. While demand has surged, financial support has decreased. The announcement, at a time when libraries are struggling to remain open and staffed, is of grave concern. This new limitation means that fewer people will have access to an increasingly important format for delivering information.”

Data collected by the ALA shows that libraries are responsive to the needs of their users.  Nationwide, 66 percent of public libraries report offering free access to e-books to library users – up from 38 percent three years ago.

Stevens continued “Crafting 21st century solutions for equitable access to information while ensuring authors and publishers have a fair return on their investments is our common goal. The transition to the e-book format should not result in less availability.

The marketplace for e-books is changing rapidly. We encourage publishers to look to libraries as a vehicle to reach and grow diverse audiences.”

Libraries have proven to be powerful marketing tools for e-books. According to a white paper produced by library e-book distributor OverDrive, Penguin’s runaway hit, “Eat, Pray, Love” (Viking), was published in February 2006 with an initial run of 30,000 hardcover copies. The title didn’t become a bestseller until March 2007. In the meantime, copies of “Eat, Pray, Love” changed hands thousands of times through book clubs and libraries, scoring rave reviews and stirring up chatter among leading library blogs. Thanks to word-of-mouth marketing and library lending, when the paperback hit newsstands, “Eat, Pray, Love” sales skyrocketed.

The American Library Association is the voice of America’s libraries and the millions of people who depend on them. With more than 63,000 members, the ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world and represents all types of libraries and library staff.

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15Mar/110

ALA attacks new HarperCollins ebook lending policy

The American Library Association issued a strong statement yesterday condemning HarperCollins‘ recent announcement that it would only allow libraries to circulate copies of the company’s ebooks 26 times. According to the new ALA statement, the restriction is “of grave concern” and “threatens libraries’ ability to provide their users with access to information.”

As ALA President Roberta Stevens put it,

Libraries have a long history of providing access to knowledge, information and the creative written works of authors. We are committed to equal and free access for the millions of people who depend on their library’s resources every day. While demand has surged, financial support has decreased. The announcement, at a time when libraries are struggling to remain open and staffed, is of grave concern. This new limitation means that fewer people will have access to an increasingly important format for delivering information.

… Crafting 21st century solutions for equitable access to information while ensuring authors and publishers have a fair return on their investments is our common goal. The transition to the e-book format should not result in less availability.

14Mar/110

Ebook lending takes off

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E-Book Lending Takes Off

Electronic-book lending isn’t just for friends anymore.

In the past few months, online clubs with such names as BookLending.com and Lendle.me have proliferated. The sites, some of which have gathered thousands of users, allow strangers to borrow and lend e-books for Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble Inc.’s Nook free.

The sites are the latest twist in the industry of e-books, which has disrupted the traditional book-publishing industry and changed that business’s economics. Public libraries can’t lend e-books in the Kindle format, though they can for other e-reading devices.

Previously, Kindle and Nook readers were largely limited to sharing e-books with friends because two users needed to know each other’s email address to initiate a loan. The new sites give e-book readers access to a larger network of people and a larger selection of books.

The lending sites have drawbacks. One is limited selection. Most major book publishers haven’t made their e-books lendable, and the books can be lent only once and for only 14 days. That means that with every successful loan, the sites’ available library shrinks unless new users with books to lend join.

Some publishers, which are monitoring the sites closely, say they fear that making books available for loan may deter people from buying physical and digital books.

The lending sites’ founders say they are helping publishers because their users, after borrowing books, can purchase other books in the same series or by the same author.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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