This week has been full of eReader news and information – the first being the launch of Lendle, a Web site that facilitates the lending of Amazon Kindle eBooks. Lendle was designed by Emporia State SLIM student Carolyn Ford and takes advantage of Kindle’s new policy of allowing a single loan of certain books. Read more about How it Works and consider giving this a try. I signed up yesterday, added my 20 or so Historical Romances and found that only five are lendable at this time (publishers are still considering how they feel about this new feature), but I have already lent two of the five and I’m trying to borrow another.
After discussing this with Liz, we wonder…wouldn’t it be great if Lendle could work with libraries and Amazon to allow any lendable title to be lent to a single user once – have the limit be on how many times a unique user can read the book, not on how many times the title can be lent. If you like the book and want to read it again – go buy it!
NEW: Carolyn read our article and responded:
I should mention that my husband Brian Ford & his cousin Jeff Croft have been an integral part in getting this going as well. Without their help Lendle wouldn’t be possible! I’m not sure if you linked to my husband’s blog post about Lendle (http://brianericford.tumblr.com/), it kind of gives some of the background as to how it came about. We’re still working on new features to make it easier to use, so hopefully we can get more users to sign up. I’m glad you’re letting everyone know about Lendle!
The other great resource that passed through my inbox came from Heather – the Rapid City Library eReader Guide is an entire Web site dedicated to helping library patrons with their eReaders and eBooks. Rapid City also use OverDrive for eContent, the same company that provides content for Audiobooks, Music and More. Definitely a project worth copying.
I also want everyone to be aware of Chris Rippel’s site eBooks in Libraries. Chris is a consultant with the Central Kansas Library System.