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Great Questions About Kindle Library Books: updated

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

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:

A Note on Library Patron and Student Privacy

October 4th, 2011

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.



Posted on: September 29, 2011, 2:48 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. InfoAssist said

    The 11,000 public libraries are all in the US.
    Library eBooks – not on Kindle in Canada yet
    Can Canadian librarians/ OverDrive staff be better prepared?

  2. I suspect this has more to do with geo-licensing issues with book content than technical issues.