Kindles (not library friendly)

10/01/2010 02:24 PM

And I’ll throw a few more cents in, and remind everyone that Amazon has not, thus far, indicated that lending the device is actually ok–it does violate the terms of use, but they haven’t taken a stance.  I asked them directly at the Book Expo two years ago (wow) and they said that they won’t give libraries the go-ahead, but they’re not making that public.

Also, public libraries are buying content that doesn’t work on the Kindle.  Let’s not make this ONE brand become the all and end all to ebook lending in libraries.  There are lots of options, and some vendors (Sony, B&N for example) have acknowledged the public library in their own advertising.

Jennifer Inglis, MAT, MSLIS
Framingham High School


MBLC – feasibility study

10/01/2010 02:09 PM

As the MBLC is already preparing for our next RFP process for statewide databases for FY13 (to start July 2012), the MBLC will be conducting surveys to examine the scope of electronic resources for the next  contract, as well as the feasibility of licensing e-books on a statewide basis.

If you haven’t already seen it,  the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) just released their e-book report, “eBook Feasibility Study for Public Libraries.” This report was researched and written by a COSLA Task Force made up of the state librarians from California, Kansas, Oregon, and Rob Maier from the MBLC, as well as Tom Peters and Pinpoint Logic, a design strategy company.  The task force interviewed ten library managers and staff from urban, suburban, and rural public libraries regarding eBook access, delivery and devices.  The report concludes that the following are short and long-term overall needs regarding eBooks:

•          Finding a low-cost way to lend devices through the library or let people try them out

•          Improving the ease of use for discovering and getting library eBooks

•          Expanding access to eBooks through larger collections and national buying pools while delivering real-time local statistics in a manner that helps library funders see the value of large-scale collaboration at the local level

•          Applying leverage to publishers and vendors for better pricing, licensing models, more reasonable copyright or DRM models around shared use, and standards

•          Exploring how libraries can transition from an emphasis on content supplier to creating spaces that invite social interaction around learning and living literature

Quoted directly from the report, p.6. To see the full-report on line go to:

Finally, you might also want to take a look at, a new free e-book reading software developed by Baker and Taylor, Kurzweil Technologies and the National Federation for the Blind.  Blio works on all devices (pc’s, laptops, mobile phones, I-Pads, etc.)  It removes the purchaser (in our case, libraries) from being tied to a specific platform or device.  It presents books as they are laid out in printed form, color, pictures (think cookbooks!), while letting you zoom in and out, read the same book on multiple devices at the same time (start on your pc, finish on your mobile phone), etc.  For more information see

Marlene Sue Heroux
Reference Information Systems Specialist
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

ALA – Equitable Access

10/01/2010 01:28 PM

The American Library Association is in the process of forming a Presidential Task Force to deal with this issue.  This is the result of resolution that was passed at ALA annual in Washington D.C.  I created the resolution, along with two other librarians, in my capacity as MLA Chapter Councilor to ALA.  I’ve attached the resolution to this email, as I think that it delineates all of the access problems to e-content challenging the nation’s libraries.  The task force will report back to Council at the 2010 annual meeting in New Orleans.

A Resolution to Ensure Equitable Access to All Formats.doc


Jacqueline Rafferty, MA Chapter Councilor to ALA
Library Director
Paul Pratt Memorial Library


Circulating Kindles

10/01/2010 12:18 PM
We have found a way around the “credit card required” problem for the Kindle. In Amazon we have two accounts associated with our login : One personal (pay with credit cards), one corporate. As you said, you cannot purchase kindle books with the corporate account because that revolving credit line does not act like a credit card and will not work with their “one click shopping” requirements.
We can, however,  purchase gift cards with our corporate amazon account (and pay for these cards with purchase orders). We load the gift cards onto the personal Amazon account in order to enable the one-click shopping feature. This allows us to purchase and download books to the kindle. We can buy books on the kindle, but pay for them by purchase orders. It requires a couple of extra steps and some extra book keeping, but it gets us around the problem.
One tip – make sure you “deregister” the kindle after you load all of the books, otherwise your patrons may be able to purchase books using any money left in your gift card/personal account. You also want to “deregister” if you have a credit card associated with the account, to make sure no unauthorized purchases are made.
Please contact me with any questions.

Emily Smith
Technology Librarian
Belmont Public Library