In May I wrote a post about library usage of Amazon Kindle. Recently Lone Wolf Librarian did a more thorough search and uncovered at least 15 libraries that lend Kindle eBook readers to their patrons. Here are just few:
- Mary White, Director of Howe Library in Hanover, NH – The Kindle Library Loaning Page. Lending out Kindles since Jan 14th, 2009.
- Sparta Public Library in Sparta, NJ have 2 Kindles for lending.
- LaCrosse Public Library lends out 1 Kindle.
- Rancho Mirage Public Library lends out Kindles, although its unclear whether its internally or patrons can take them home.
- Texas A&M University Libraries have 18 Kindles (add your name to the waiting list here) …
If Amazon were to come up with some kind of library-oriented solution that would streamline the process and eliminate the need for librarians to constantly register/deregister devices (to prevent useres from accidentally ordering books like this one) they would make a killing because:
- Libraries would buy devices and books wholesale
- More people would get introduced to the device and end up buying one for personal use.
Believe it or not most of the general public doesn’t know that Kindle is. I often get asked what is that device that I’m reading from in parks and other public places.