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Topic: Sony Ebook Finder for Librarys

From: Jim Duron
Location: Prairieville, La
Date: 08/26/2009

Greg, I have seen a new E-Book Tool by Sony targeted at Library's.
The Sony Library Finder finds E-Books at Library's then you download them to your desktop then to a Sony reader (Kindle or the new Sony Reader Daily Edition).

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9137170/Librarians_delight_A_device_that_helps_readers_borrow_e_books

Is this a potential hit to your Pocket beyond the normal Library loans? Do you foresee any issues? I like the Idea of getting books that my local library does not have but don't want to put you or anyone else out of business.

Getting my wife a Kindle for her birthday since they came down in price.

Re: Sony Ebook Finder for Librarys

From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/28/2009

The Sony reader may have serious piracy concerns. Does anybody know how the library loan system works? Do the books disappear off the reader after a couple of weeks? How is this different from purchasing an e-Book, practically speaking?

Kindle keeps control on all file conversions--piracy is a possibility, but wholesale piracy is unlikely. Only registered Kindle owners can send titles for conversion. Still researching this now. I do not believe there is a library capacility--but there are thousands of free books out there, in the public domain. Downloading and reading them is a breeze. I already have over 1000 books on mine. (And yes, I have bought a few!)

Re: Sony Ebook Finder for Librarys

From: Jim Duron
Location: Prairieville, La
Date: 08/28/2009

Seems that they can usually lend them out 7-21 days and then recheck them out again.

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/26619/how-to-loan-an-ebook

You can check via Sony's website sonysearch.overdrive.com for American libraries offering the scheme.

There are around 9000 libraries that offer e-books.

As a computer geek the real issue is that they go to your PC first and that is where they can manipulate the format and then you have piracy. The books are available in both EPUB and PDF.

The E-books have DRM (Digital Rights Management)but as any computer geek knows that is only semi protection. Example you can get free software to remove any DRM on DVD. Anyone who can point, click and read is a potential pirate.

Here is FAQ with some of your questions.
http://library.mcmaster.ca/php/faq.php?catid=24&f=searchcat

Jim Duron

Re: Sony Ebook Finder for Librarys

From: Terran
Location: Winter Park, FL
Date: 09/01/2009

I doubt it will be a huge piracy issue. The library ebook systems that I've had exposure to often require you to be logged in to your library account while you are reading the book, sometimes require proprietary viewing software, and usually only allow you to save or print a few pages at a time. If someone really wanted to pirate a book, there would be easier ways! There are a lot of different ebook vendors out there that work with librarys, and they each have different methods of protecting their data.

I have not heard of the Kindle being able to download ebooks through a library yet, but of course the Kindle does have wireless web access so presumably you could log in to your library's site and read ebooks online if you really wanted to. One thing that some libraries are beginning to experiment with is loaning out Kindles themselves that are preloaded with popular books. Amazon can't seem to decide how they feel about this, because each time a library contacts them to find out the rules, their reps give a different answer and contradict each other. At the moment, I think it makes good marketing sense on their part because it's getting more people familiar with using a Kindle, and that will eventually lead to more sales.

Re: Sony Ebook Finder for Librarys

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/17/2009

Thanks, Jim!

Re: Sony Ebook Finder for Librarys

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/18/2009

So far, Amazon itself does not ship out library books through its mail-order service. I'd wonder why they'd want to do this for their Kindle...

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