We'd heard "by the end of the year" from Jay Marine, Amazon's Kindle Director, and then, on a June 3 blog entry here, seen that the Moorestown Patch, in an article titled "Library Keeping Up with Technology," said:
' (Attention all Kindle users -- Amazon will be making their e-books available on Overdrive starting this fall.) 'And I'd hoped they were right.
Well, could be! Nancy Picchi wrote on Google+ that paidContent's Laura Hazard Owen reported a strong hint from OverDrive CEO Steve Potash, which she read at EarlyWord, The Publisher|Librarian Connection.
At OverDrive's Digipalooza, the question most in librarians' minds was "when Kindle users will be able to download from OverDrive."
EarlyWord reports that Potash kept saying "soon" and "I'm not allowed to announce a date yet" -- but then at the final session, he dropped a broad hint by "summarizing the main points of his 'Crystal Ball Report'":
Streamlining (both downloading and ordering)
Explosion (we have gone from two reading devices to 85 and more are coming)
Premium (the library catalog as the most premium,
value-added site on the Web)
Traffic (enormous growth coming by year’s end)
paidContent's Owen adds that "OverDrive previously announced its new platform for libraries, OverDrive WIN, which includes support for Kindle, patron-driven e-book acquisition and “always available” e-book collections. There's a bit more on the WIN platform enhancements at EarlyWord's article.
. The Kindle Chronicles interviews Amazon's Jay Marine re Library Lending, etc.
. More on Kindle Lending Library - How it would work. Reactions & Analyses. April 21, 2011
. 11, 000 Local Libraries in Kindle Lending Library - Amazon did it quietly. April 20, 2011
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