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Old 01-17-2009, 01:00 AM   #1
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Cleveland Public Library First to Offer EPUB eBook Downloads

CLEVELAND, OH - Cleveland Public Library (http://emedia.clevnet.org) today became the first public library to offer eBook downloads in the industry standard EPUB format. Readers at both Cleveland Public Library and CLEVNET member libraries can check out and download EPUB eBooks from the library's download website.

The EPUB files are optimized for the Sony® Reader and can also be read on a PC or Mac® with free Adobe® Digital Editions software.

Details:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28675619/
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2009...ong_first.html

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Old 01-17-2009, 08:39 AM   #2
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That's nice but you must be a member of one of these libraries for it to work.

1. Cleveland Public Library
2. Bellevue Public Library
3. Birchard Public Library
4. Burton Public Library
5. Cleveland Hts. - University Hts. Public Library
Cleveland Law Library *
6. Clyde Public Library
7. East Cleveland Public Library
8. Elyria Public Library
9. Euclid Public Library
10. Fairport Harbor Public Library
Global Issues Resource Center *
Hawken School *
11. Hudson Library & Historical Society
12. Huron Public Library
13. Kirtland Public Library
14. Lorain Public Library
15. Madison Public Library
16. Medina County District Library
17. Milan - Berlin Township Public Library
18. Orrville Public Library
19. Peninsula Library
20. Perry Public Library
21. Ritter Public Library
22. Sandusky Library
23. Shaker Heights Public Library
24. Twinsburg Public Library
25. Wayne County Public Library
26. Wickliffe Public Library
27. Willoughby - Eastlake Public Library
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:25 PM   #3
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excellent news, thanks for the info !
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:02 AM   #4
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Does anyone want to add this information to our wiki page on ebook lending libraries?
http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_Lending_Libraries
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:40 AM   #5
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Ooh I'm jealous. I doubt my local library (which is in rural New Hampshire and is about the size of my living room) will be offering ebook downloads anytime soon... On the other hand, they do offer downloadable audiobooks, so maybe ebooks are the next step.
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Ooh I'm jealous. I doubt my local library (which is in rural New Hampshire and is about the size of my living room) will be offering ebook downloads anytime soon... On the other hand, they do offer downloadable audiobooks, so maybe ebooks are the next step.
If you want you can, as several here have, join the New York public library system. As a non-resident it cost $100 a year, but that is much cheaper than buying 5-10 books a month if you are a heavy reader.

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I hope that the compensation going back to the authors and publishers is updated to reflect this new reality. With this model going out to the 8500+ Overdrive supplied libraries it's going to be easier to borrow a well formatted electronic book then to buy it.

I'm fine with it if the compensation going back to the authors and publishers is the same when the book is borrowed as when it was purchased. The difference being that the tax payer is picking up the tab. As long as the tax payers are willing to fund it everything is fine. My understanding right now is that the compensation going back is more of a symbolic pittance.

Most of the members of my family will be thrilled with this news though. I'm the black sheep that continues to buy books.
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i added it to the wiki page with a link back to this thread.
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I hope that the compensation going back to the authors and publishers is updated to reflect this new reality. With this model going out to the 8500+ Overdrive supplied libraries it's going to be easier to borrow a well formatted electronic book then to buy it.

I'm fine with it if the compensation going back to the authors and publishers is the same when the book is borrowed as when it was purchased. The difference being that the tax payer is picking up the tab. As long as the tax payers are willing to fund it everything is fine. My understanding right now is that the compensation going back is more of a symbolic pittance.

Most of the members of my family will be thrilled with this news though. I'm the black sheep that continues to buy books.
Is borrowing an ebook from the library different from borrowing a print book from the library?
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Is borrowing an ebook from the library different from borrowing a print book from the library?
Yes, you can borrow it online once you have a library card and you don't need to return it since it expires.

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Is borrowing an ebook from the library different from borrowing a print book from the library?
So far as I can tell, if a library buys N copies of an ebook then N patrons can checkout the ebook at any one time. The checkout time is a fixed period of time with the ebook expiring at the end of the checkout period. However, with Adobe (but not MOBI) there is an early return capability. OverDrive allows for "consortia", which I take to mean groups of libraries that are pooling resources, but overall this seems to be patterned on how physical books are handled by libraries.
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No good for the Kindle . . .

Its really difficult reading this thread being a Kindle owner who lives in the Cleveland area

I knew going into it that it supported only the Kindle proprietary eBook format, so I can't complain or gripe.

Hopefully they'll re-think things and add the e-Pub format, but I highly doubt it. Why would they, they want Kindle owners to buy all their eBooks from them!

I may have to start combing these forums and choose another eReader; I can always sell the Kindle.
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Its really difficult reading this thread being a Kindle owner who lives in the Cleveland area

I knew going into it that it supported only the Kindle proprietary eBook format, so I can't complain or gripe.

Hopefully they'll re-think things and add the e-Pub format, but I highly doubt it. Why would they, they want Kindle owners to buy all their eBooks from them!

I may have to start combing these forums and choose another eReader; I can always sell the Kindle.
Kindle owners have never had to buy all their books from Amazon. I believe fictionwise and other stores sell mobi format books. Check our wiki.

And the clevnet has almost a thousand mobipocket books which you can check out, download to your computer, and read on your kindle if you install kindlefix. This doesn't strip DRM, and the book will still be unreadable after the checkout period.

If I were you, I'd be the first in line tomorrow if I didn't already have a library card.......
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Hope Yet . . .

I do have the KindlePID utility installed and know how to use it, I've just not yet had a reason to

Our city's library is a Cuyahoga County Public Library branch, and I'm a member of this library.

Hopefully I can get a Cleveland Public Library card, I don't know how they base their memberships.
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Here is a list of the libraries which make up clevnet....if you belong to just one, you can use your current library ID to check out books. Make sure you already have mobipocket (free) installed.

Have fun!

http://www.cpl.org/index.php?q=node/90
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