Trends in Ed: Privacy and Publicity
An intriguing idea has been floating
around the library blogosphere inspired by Overdrive's recently announced plans to expand into a new, $5 million headquarters and the potential implications for content and service. Amongst librarians miffed at Overdrive's fund allocation in light of their consistent mediocrity there have been rumblings of a buyout. Not that we could afford it in its current state or even have a mechanism in place for such a venture, but the idea suggests an interesting possible future for digital book lending.
Amazon's neat little private library also announced
today a partnership with J.K. Rowling. Soon all 7 Harry Potter books in spanking-new digital format will be available for Prime lending though the Kindle store. The success of such a commercial library and the willingness with which users have consented to arm-twisting
of Amazon partnerships will make their e-lending program sensational and the library response at this stage may mean the future of digital lending.