Amazon has taken the Kindle to another level.
As the price point goes down, its functions go up.
In the middle of a tablet boom, Amazon has been able to keep their footing with this primary reading device. While tablets do more and more different things, the Kindle is limited from an application and functionality standpoint. It’s intuitive control, excellent reading screen, and perfect weight and size, have all lend to its competitive edge, but it will never outperform a tablet. So, for it to stand-out among the competition, it must continue to build on the one and only thing it does really well.
Amazon has increased the value of their Kindle by teaming up with OverDrive.
OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content. They deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers–serving millions of end users globally.
OverDrive currently hosts more than 500,000 premium digital titles from more than 1,000 publishers, including Random House, HarperCollins, BBC Audiobooks America, Harlequin, and Bloomsbury. Their e-book lending service is utilized by more than 11,000 American libraries.
Kindle users have not been able to download any of the OverDrive lending books, since the OverDrive books use a unique DRM protected file format.
Later this year, Amazon’s Kindle readers, as well as devices running the Kindle software, will be capable of borrowing books from their local library.
If you have a library card, you can borrow an e-book. Not too long ago, that sentence wouldn’t have made any sense!
Books are downloaded through the library’s website and are automatically removed after a set number of days, with a maximum loan time of three weeks.
There’s even some rumors about users being allowed to add notes to e-books, which would be great for study! A reading device that has no games and no social networking distractions, gives the Kindle more momentum in the marketplace for sure.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have all those heavy college textbooks on a Kindle?
Profitability is really starting to hit-home with publishing houses that have been built on paper bound publishing.
Amazon has indicated that it will respect the terms of lending use laid out by publishers. In the case of Harper Collins, the company has stipulated that its books, once purchased by a library, can only be made available for 26 loans, before being erased permanently.
Our world is becoming vastly electronic day by day.
It’s difficult to think that books could be in danger.