I do worry that the Kindle library books program in 11,000 public libraries is a Trojan horse to acquire library cardholders as retail customers and marketing targets. Read these posts to see some of the questions that need to be asked and answered:
Public Library eBooks on the Amazon Kindle – We Got Screwed
via Librarian by Day by Bobbi Newman
eBooks, Privacy, and the Library
Posted on September 27, 2011 by Gary D. Price
Inquiring minds want to know. I assume the 11,000 libraries asked these questions and know the answers. How is patron privacy being protected? Would any other vendor be given access to library patron data with so little discussion?
Update: Oct. 4, 2001
Overdrive’s statement on Kindle Books in libraries:
I don’t see that it explicitly says that Amazon will respect patron privacy although Overdrive does. Am I missing something? For anyone who has used the service (I can’t from Canada yet), is it clear that users don’t need to fill out anything except an e-mail address or will most patrons just fill out the complete form and create a marketing/sales record? Let me know in the comments.