Whitman’s Method

Reprinted from Scott’s Tech Tips – a Librarian’s blog on tech & the digital world

Hi all, here’s the info I compiled from my question re: ereaders. I have in my paws the Sony reader touch, and the B&N Nook. We’re still looking through policies, etc, but I think we are going to take date-specific reservations, and are going to charge $1.00 per day at the time of the registration. This way folks can have it when they want it, for one day or two weeks, and the small fee will make the reservation a little more meaningful. My trustees are particularly excited to market the accessibility issue with our patrons. These readers will open up the Large Print collection tremendously. It seems that most libraries who lend the Kindle (those who wrote to me, anyway) have patrons sign a contract that clearly delineates how much a replacement charge would cost (don’t forget cords and content!) and
require an adult driver’s license.

Here’s the compilation of MA libraries circulating Kindles:
-Belmont Library
-Marian Court College, Swampscott
-Boston Athenaeum
-Diman Regional Vocational-Technical High School, Fall River

I would research this very carefully before deciding to go with a Kindle – first of all they don’t work with library subscription ebooks such as those from netLibrary or Overdrive. Secondly I understand that they store the credit card buying information so that there is a risk(?) of a patron buying additional books for it from Amazon and it automatically being charged to the card the library uses to purchase ebooks from Amazon? I don’t own one, but that caution was brought up in a meeting I recently attended. Also, Nadine (Director, Lynn (MA) Public Library) raises an interesting point about circulating Kindles might be going against Amazon’s licensing rules as well. The Sony ebook is actively working with Overdrive in promoting library ebooks and library usage…

Jennifer Inglis
I found this helpful info:


One Reply to “Whitman’s Method”

  1. At Manchester we’ve recently run into a bug with our Nook. For the past year we could lend it with the credit card deregistered. Now it requires the credit card to be registered just to read the content. We’ve had to pull the Nook until I can figure out how to solve it. Has anyone else come across this problem?

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