It’s a crazy e-book news sort of day here today with Kindle and Amazon news and underwater reading and a law suit. Can’t get more exciting than that!
First up, Kindle and Amazon. All you Kindle owners out there who have been waiting since earlier this year for Kindle e-books to be available for download lending from your library, it is getting closer to happening! The Kindle library lending program is now in beta in Seattle libraries. Some of you may recall that Kindle and OverDrive made a deal earlier this year to provide Kindle formated books for lending through the public library. My public library uses OverDrive for their e-books and I have been checking a couple times a month hoping I could finally borrow e-books. Since I don’t live in Seattle I guess I will have to wait a little longer but hopefully not much longer.
In other Kindle and Amazon news, have you heard that Amazon is supposedly in talks with publishers to provide a sort of Netflix service for e-books? The service would be available to Amazon Prime customers as part of their $79 annual membership fee. Titles on offer would not be brand new ones, but older titles though it isn’t clear how old old is. I can’t imagine that this would be something I would go in for. I mean, I don’t read all that fast and I’m not a Prime member so I don’t see that it would be such a bargain. What about you? If this service actually becomes a reality, would you sign up?
I just heard recently that the Author’s Guild is now suing HathiTrust. HathiTrust is a group of about 50 universities whose books are being scanned by Google. They have pooled their books into one digital repository. Only the books in the public domain are accessible to those outside of the universities. The Author’s Guild, however, has decided that the universities are holding unauthorized scans of copyright protected books. The suit probably has something to do with the sinking of the Google Book Settlement and an announcement from HathiTrust that it is going to start offering access to orphan works. Ah, the mess that is copyright law.
And finally, if you’ve ever been diving in 300 feet of water and thought, wow, I’d really love to read a good book right about now, you are in luck. Gates, a specialist in underwater equipment cases, has custom designed a case for a Sony reader (skip to about a minute into the video)