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Old 04-20-2011, 11:18 AM   #31
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I think Amazon is as good at what they do as Apple is at what they do. Two awesome tech firms.
Amazon and Apple are the two companies that are taking what we have and screwing with it in such a way that we might as well go back to paper books.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:21 AM   #32
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This could really be an issue.

Ideally, Overdrive would license a "copy" of a book to the library and then let the patron choose the format at checkout, but that sounds far-fetched (and sure isn't what they do now).

But this could definitely water down collections as libraries are pushed to buy "big titles" in 2 formats and have nothing left for smaller nonfiction titles and the like.
Yep; it doesn't look good at this point.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:28 AM   #33
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I'm assuming it will work like Overdrive already does, except that borrowed mobi files will be useable on the Kindle without Kindlefix (most likely), or Amazon will start supporting ePub and Adobe DRM (unlikely). I'd also assume that Amazon will work with Overdrive so they can offer more mobi titles.
Currently, OverDrive doesn't support mobi. It only supports: EPUB eBooks, MP3 Audiobooks, WMA Audiobooks, WMA Music, and WMV Video.
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Currently, OverDrive doesn't support mobi.
I assume that's what's going to change.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:30 AM   #35
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I don't use that service but this is awesome!

And a big hit to B&N and Sony. With Kindle for Android and iOs already, Amazon is basically covering all the bases and backing that up with the biggest online bookstore.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:30 AM   #36
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:32 AM   #37
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My library carries Adobe ePub, Adobe PDF and some Mobipocket formats.

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Old 04-20-2011, 11:32 AM   #38
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Currently, OverDrive doesn't support mobi. It only supports: EPUB eBooks, MP3 Audiobooks, WMA Audiobooks, WMA Music, and WMV Video.
Actually, Overdrive does support Mobipocket eBooks. It's just that most libraries have switched from Mobipocket and gone to ePub. But the Mobipocket eBooks they've purchased before going ePub are still available (for the libraries who had eBooks before ePub).
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:34 AM   #39
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Great news! I like the fact that they are extending their annotation features to library books.

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I don't use that service but this is awesome!

And a big hit to B&N and Sony. With Kindle for Android and iOs already, Amazon is basically covering all the bases and backing that up with the biggest online bookstore.
Impressive! In it to win it.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:42 AM   #42
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Overdrive - iPad - epub yes, pdf no - Kindle?

On the iPad, Overdrive only borrows epub books, not pdf. I have to use Bluefire to get pdf books. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

So if the Kindle is using Overdrive, then if it can only borrow epub books and not pdf, like on the iPad, it is a bit limiting, if your library carries both epub and pdf.

I'm glad that Amazon is finally allowing lending. Finally. I'm just wondering if the Overdrive limitation on the iPad carries over to the Kindle.

My library (NYPL) has a good selection of epub ebooks but also a fair number of pdf ebooks as well, so the Kindle, based on my assumptions, is still limited compared to my Sony, which can borrow both epub and pdf.

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My library (NYPL) has a good selection of epub ebooks but also a fair number of pdf ebooks as well, so the Kindle, based on my assumptions, is still limited compared to my Sony, which can borrow both epub and pdf.
You're right about PDF books. Many run away from those though.
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Well, I'm psyched. This is good for Overdrive, Amazon, the libraries, and Kindle users.

Plus, it gives JSWolf one less thing to viably kvetch about. Sounds like a win-win to me.
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Well, I'm psyched. This is good for Overdrive, Amazon, the libraries, and Kindle users.

Plus, it gives JSWolf one less thing to viably kvetch about. Sounds like a win-win to me.
This is not good for libraries. This is not good for current library users. All this is going to do is fragment things big time and create a mess. What we will have is less titles and more complaints about not getting in the format we want. I don't see this as a win-win. I see this as Amazon trying to make waves in a calm sea.
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