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Paper trumps tech at national library conference

I went looking for the digital future of libraries at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting this week. Conveniently, the conference was held in Seattle, near a couple of very forward-looking library systems that make eBooks, mobile apps and digital downloads expected, almost routine. But if the exhibit hall represented the near future for libraries,… Read More

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Kindle public library books decline as Penguin pulls titles

The number of e-books available for digital lending on Amazon’s Kindle through public libraries around the country has declined noticeably in recent days — from more than 27,000 to less than 23,000 titles through the Seattle Public Library, for example. The reason: Penguin Group USA has decided, for now, to stop making new e-books available… Read More

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Kindle e-book lending goes national, at 11,000 libraries

Amazon.com this morning announced the rollout of its Kindle e-book lending program to more than 11,000 U.S. libraries, confirming what we suspected after the initiative surfaced this week at two libraries in the Seattle region. It’s a big move that promises to further boost interest in the Seattle company’s Kindle devices and software. The program… Read More