[Web4lib] Circulating Kindle and Nooks
crippel at ckls.org
Mon Apr 5 20:12:05 EDT 2010
I doubt libraries can afford to buy expensive e-reading devices for
every reader who may want to use these devices in the future.
Providing content to owners of e-reading devices is a more affordable
future for libraries.
Circulating Kindles teaches using and encourages buying devices that
exclude libraries from providing content to e-reading devices.
This ultimately weakens patrons' connection with libraries.
Surely it is better to teach patrons to use and encourage them to buy
devices that would continue, if not strengthen, our relationships with
I would like you opinion of the following idea doing this.
Step 1. The library posts the following flyer.
"TRY ONE OF OUR READING NOOKS
"Kansas libraries have a collection of Overdrive e-books. Overdrive
e-books can be read on regular computers, but reading them on Nooks and
Sony Readers is more comfortable and fun.
"We will set you down at a computer to let you select up to 10 books. We
will put the books on one of our Nooks or Sony Readers. The device will
be checked out to you for three weeks. You will go home with the device
and a set of instructions on using it to read your selection.
"Valid library card and signing a user’s agreement are required. Check
Step 2. Patrons wanting to try a reading Nook are set down in front of a
computer logged into Overdrive's Web site. Library staff instruct
patrons to add up to 10 e-books to "my cart."
When patrons are finished, library staff loads the selected e-books into
the Nook or Sony Reader and checks the device out to the patron along
with instructions on how to use the device to read the e-books.
The e-books expire and the device needs to be returned at the same time,
e.g., three weeks.
This process may be repeated for the patron one or two more times.
Step 3. After library staff do the Overdrive check out for one or two
times, library staff then teaches patrons to do their own Overdrive
I have illustrated, step-by-step instructions for putting Overdrive
e-books into Nooks at
Patrons are allowed to do this once or twice then the device is given to
another patron wanting to try the device.
What problems do you think you see with this idea?
Central Kansas Library System
Great Bend, Kansas 67530
crippel at ckls dot org
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