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Old 03-18-2008, 11:30 AM   #1
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Where are there ebook libraries??

Now that profjulie has discovered how to read library ebooks with her Cybook Gen3, people may be looking for ebook libraries (elibraries) where they can check out ebooks.

There has been some talk on this BLOG about "clevnet" which seems to be restricted to libraries in the Cleveland Ohio (USA) area. However since electrons can easily travel worldwide, is there any reason to restrict ebook check out to geographical areas? Are there any elibraries that are open to the general public, regardless of where they live? Does anyone know of cooperative efforts of elibraries across geo-political boundries?

I live in north Alabama and have not found any elibraries where fiction ebooks can be checked out.

It would be interesting to compile a list of elibraries along with their check out restrictions.
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:42 PM   #2
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Now that profjulie has discovered how to read library ebooks with her Cybook Gen3, people may be looking for ebook libraries (elibraries) where they can check out ebooks.

There has been some talk on this BLOG about "clevnet" which seems to be restricted to libraries in the Cleveland Ohio (USA) area. However since electrons can easily travel worldwide, is there any reason to restrict ebook check out to geographical areas? Are there any elibraries that are open to the general public, regardless of where they live? Does anyone know of cooperative efforts of elibraries across geo-political boundries?

I live in north Alabama and have not found any elibraries where fiction ebooks can be checked out.

It would be interesting to compile a list of elibraries along with their check out restrictions.
there are some libraries that permit full checkout by anybody but they are few and far between and are usually Universities. check my web site for more on this topic and other eBook stuff.

Public libraries use public funds for purchasing the books and these funds are generated by local taxes. For this reason they limit the checkout to people who paid for the books. This is generally done by requiring a locally obtained library card. By rights you need to check with your local library and convince them to offer eBooks. This is where the tax money you paid was spent. You can't expect tax money spent in another state or even another county to be used by you for free.

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I searched and searched the internet for libraries that have eBook collections. Unfortunately, there are no libraries in the area where I live, university or otherwise, that offers this option. I found libraries that allow me to read books online but not check them out.

In my search I found Cleveland, OH, New York, and Seattle, WA. My sister lives in Seattle, WA, so I borrowed her library card for a time to see how well it works. Now that I know I'll be able to check electronic books out of the Seattle library, I'll see if I can buy a non resident Library card from Seattle.

I found a few other web-only libraries that I could pay a subscription fee to, but their eBook collection was not very extensive.

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However since electrons can easily travel worldwide, is there any reason to restrict ebook check out to geographical areas?
I would imagine that the reason is that those libraries are being funded by the taxpayers of the areas concerned.
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Fictionwise has a subscription-based lending library that most anyone can join:

http://www.libwise.com/fll/

I wish there was a way to donate DRM ebooks to lending libraries......
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I think the NY Public library allows out of state lending, but they charge an annual fee for the service. Probably makes sense depending on how much you read and how large their system is.

I'm in the Cleveland area, so I have a large local selection available for download as either e-book or audiobook (over 8,000 fiction titles, I'm not certain what non-fiction is up to).
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I've looked over Cleveland's electronic collection and it is quite extensive...I wish I could get an out-of-state library card for your library..but I don't think it is possible.

It looks like anyone can get buy an annual card from the New York Public Library for $100 a year:

http://www.nypl.org/books/cards.html

I'll have to spend some time perusing their Digital collections.

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Old 03-18-2008, 04:22 PM   #8
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Fictionwise has a subscription-based lending library that most anyone can join:

http://www.libwise.com/fll/

I wish there was a way to donate DRM ebooks to lending libraries......
Thanks ProfJulie, I'm already a member of their BuyWise club and had not been aware of this.
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Fictionwise has a subscription-based lending library that most anyone can join:

http://www.libwise.com/fll/

I wish there was a way to donate DRM ebooks to lending libraries......
30 dollars a year... and you can have 3 books checked out at once...

Seems pretty good!
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My local county library system only allows residents to check out ebooks. That's probably because you have to have a library card to access the online library and they only allow residents to get a library card.
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Fictionwise has a subscription-based lending library that most anyone can join:

http://www.libwise.com/fll/

I wish there was a way to donate DRM ebooks to lending libraries......
Very good to know and tempting considering you also get discounts on books you buy, but their selection is extremely limited. Maybe it'll be better in the future
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Fictionwise has a subscription-based lending library that most anyone can join:

http://www.libwise.com/fll/
I also suggest a Google search for site:libwise.com. There are many other libraries using this system, and some of them don't even charge a fee. My favorite is the KnowBetter Lending Library (many books, for free).
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I also suggest a Google search for site:libwise.com. There are many other libraries using this system, and some of them don't even charge a fee. My favorite is the KnowBetter Lending Library (many books, for free).
This is somehow connected to Fictionwise. I "borrowed" a book there & it shows up on my Fictionwise borrowed list.
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This is somehow connected to Fictionwise. I "borrowed" a book there & it shows up on my Fictionwise borrowed list.

That's not suprising since Fictionwise owns the technology and leases it out. I looked into this myself and you basically contract with Fictionwise in a subscription fee type of arrangement. If I remember correctly, Fictionwise provides the technology and the books and you pay based on the number of subscribers you have.
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I also suggest a Google search for site:libwise.com. There are many other libraries using this system, and some of them don't even charge a fee. My favorite is the KnowBetter Lending Library (many books, for free).
Their selection is still limited, and it's not free, it's $19.95/year.

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I looked at the rest of the results from a google search for libwise and they all appear to be local libraries. I tried to sign up for one and it required my library card number, which of course isn't going to match their system. So it looks like right now KnowBetter is the better choice than Fictionwise because they do seem to have a larger selection, and it's $10 less/year (of course at fictionwise you're also getting their buyer's club).

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