|12-27-2009, 09:54 AM||#1|
Sir Penguin of Edinburgh
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: DC Metro area
Device: Shake a stick plus 1
Coos County Library District to lend Sony Readers
Coos County is in Oregon, in the northwestern USA.
Last edited by Nate the great; 12-27-2009 at 09:57 AM.
|12-27-2009, 10:46 AM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Wild. I lived in North Bend for 20 years. Frankly, I am surprised anyone there knows what an e-reader is. The (local) newspaper that the story is in was known far and wide for incorrect facts and mis-spellings!
I hope they are getting a deposit on these things. The area is well-supplied with less than sterling individuals (not uncommon anywhere, I suppose) so I would be surprised if some of the devices did not "grow wings" so-to-speak.
It would seem to me that an appropriate approach would be to only allow long-time (maybe 5 years?) library patrons to take these devices out. They would be more likely to be real reading customers and less likely to be just opportunistic thieves. The article has no details about library e-reader policy (typical of this newspaper as well) so who knows?
Of course, if one does steal an e-reader, they can often be rendered less than 100% useful if the thief attempts to connect to the e-book store, but how many potential thieves know this?
Has anyone had an e-reader stolen and, if so, which kind and how did you and the retailer/manufacturer deal with it? It is something I have thought about while travelling with ours.
Last edited by CCDMan; 12-27-2009 at 11:40 AM.
|12-27-2009, 11:15 AM||#3|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Device: Toshiba Thrive, Kobo Touch, Kindle 1, Aluratek Libre, T-Mobile Comet
This type of program is actually not that new. Anne Arundel County in Maryland used to check out the old Rocket Ebook Readers to patrons. You checked out the whole kit, including ac adapter, packaged in a big white cardboard box with a handle. It came preloaded with several recent ebooks. I was already into ebooks before then, but that device gave me my first experience with a dedicated device.
|12-27-2009, 02:06 PM||#4|
Join Date: Sep 2008
Device: sony 505 & PRS600 aka Touch Edition
Coos County Library has an Overdrive account....but strangely enough only for audio books...actually non of the oregon public libraries with overdrive subscriptions has ebooks!...at least 'till now....
|12-27-2009, 06:15 PM||#5|
Join Date: May 2008
Device: EB1150, iPhone, Cool-er Purple, Pocketbook 360, Kindle Fire
It is actually surprising to me how decent some of the Oregon libraries are. The Clackamas county system is one of the best I have seen. I was shocked at how bad the library system was in Tucson AZ.
Its funny because Medford in Southern Oregon has had severe funding issues and ended up closing its public library. So the state has a fairly large diversity of library systems, from good to not so good.
Hopefully more libraries will be progressive and start offering more ebooks.
|12-28-2009, 01:37 PM||#6|
Join Date: Dec 2009
Device: Sony Reader (Touch ed.)
I actually work at the North Bend Public Library (and was interviewed in the story). We're pretty excited about circulating ebook readers to introduce people to the technology. We're actually not too worried about theft. We've been checking out word processors (that cost about the same as a Sony Reader) for several years with no issue. Other libraries in our district have also been checking out laptops with few problems.
Regarding OverDrive, the consortium of Oregon libraries subscribing to OverDrive recently decided to add ebooks to the subscription (and received a nice grant to build a starting collection). Hopefully, ebooks should be available through that service in March or April. Compatibility with OverDrive was one of the reasons we chose to purchase Sony Readers rather than Kindles.
If you guys have ideas on how/what we should circulate on our new Readers, we'd love to hear them.
|12-28-2009, 02:17 PM||#7|
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, California, USA
Device: Clié; PRS-505; EZR Pocket Pro, PRS-600, Kobo Mini
If the Readers aren't the pocket editions, you can have memory cards loaded with freely distributable ebooks; otherwise, you have to consider the amount of space available--but a hundred ebooks don't take up that much storage space.
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