Circulating pre-loaded ebook readers

Responses from an original email sent to the allregions list by Barbra Nadler, Director Sharon Public Library, requesting information on circulating preloaded ebook readers.

Ultimately this was their final decision:
We decided against it however because it is illegal, or at least violates terms of agreement of some models, we didn’t want to be promoting/advertising one brand over another, it seemed like way too much extra work for staff, and we have never had a patron request this. More often people just want to try the readers out and we suggest they go over to Best Buy where they can try several at one stop or B&N to try the Nook. The most aksed question from our patrons regarding ebooks and ebook readers is help with downloading OverDrive.
After the above post, the following replies were sent out:

Beth from Andover replied:
At Andover, we decided that we want to be in the e-content business, not the e-device business. We decided it is too much work to learn and support multiple devices that are changing all the time. We have spent a lot in the last year on e-content. We know that e-content is also in flux, but we want to have skin in the game, so we’re trying different e-content products and we’ll drop them if they don’t get used enough to justify the expense.


Pingsheng Chen from Worcester Public Library replied:
Worcester Public Library is about to launch an eReader Lending Pilot service. We are going to circulate 4 Kindle and 4 NookColor. We think we have figured out everything in terms of check-in and check-out procedures, collection development, and ins and outs of Kindle and Nookcolor.

We have also been working with many ebooks providers to strengthen our digital collections in various formats for people who have a reading device want to download the library’s ebooks, eaudiobooks and emusic.


Curtis Wyant of the Wilmington Memorial Library replied:

At Wilmington, we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive patron response to our e-readers. We currently have (3) older Sony Readers, (1) new Kindle, (3) b&w Nooks, (1) color nook, and (2) iPads. There are around 25 people on the waiting list for our iPads! I think it is very important for libraries to be early adopters of technology and give the public a pressure-free environment to try out new products (instead of a retail store). Obviously, these are an added expense which must be taken into account, and we have to decide what we’re going to do with outdated e-readers. I don’t think very many patrons asked about the e-readers, but once we bought a few and started promoting them, the response was enormous.

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One Reply to “Circulating pre-loaded ebook readers”

  1. The Seekonk Public Library purchased five B&W Nooks in December. After allowing all the staff
    to check them out for a while, we purchased appx. 40 best-sellers and started circulating four
    to our library cardholders, keeping one as Reference for in-house demos only. We do not allow
    holds but the four devices have been consistently checked out.

    Feedback on the Nooks has been mixed, some enjoyed the experience while others have said
    they’ll stay with printed books. Across the board, all have been grateful for the opportunity
    to check them out themselves without sales pressure and very appreciative of the library for
    offering the service. As a staff member, it has been invaluable to test drive the devices that
    our patrons are already purchasing and to experience what they do.

    Michelle Gario
    Adult Services Librarian
    Seekonk Public Library
    508-336-8230 x133

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