Looking through the list of events associated with the Las Vegas Libraries I noticed that something interesting. It was a photo of Overdrive's Digital BookMobile. Lucky for me, I noticed it the second to last day it was in town and I did check it out today. Seemed like an awesome way to introduce ebooks and ereaders to the general public.
There isn't much, but its was a good chance to get out of the house. When you first enter, there are two or three tvs describing the Overdrive program and how it works. Inside there are many computers where people can try out the overdrive program. Then towards the end there is mp3s and a Sony 505 out on display and for demo. The displayed devices are the one that are compatable with the program. Many of the people there asking questions (while I was messing around with the Sony 505) were asking about "Kindle VS. Sony" question. I kept my mouth shut except when I went to ask the female employee some questions. My biggest question had to do with the Kindle.
Question: Where does the Overdrive Digital BookMobile travel?
Answer: All across the US and Canada
Question: Do you think that Overdrive and the Kindle will be compatiable soon or at any point?
General Answer: Cannot say yes for sure...but the program has only been compatiable with the iPod since Nov 2008. So devices are still being added to the list.
(personal opinion: I think it depends on Amazon decision about DRM on the kindle. The ability to use Overdrive books with the Kindle would effect Amazon's sell on ebooks. Hopefully we wil be able to use the kindle with Overdrive.)
Link the Overdrive Digital BookMobile: http://www.digitalbookmobile.com/default.aspx
Link to the BookMobile schedule:http://www.digitalbookmobile.com/Calendar.aspx
Reno (NV) April 11
San Jose (CA) April 16
Saratoga (CA) April 17
Morgan Hill (CA) April 18
Windsor (CA) April 20
For those not familar with Overdrive...Its a program that you can download to your computer for free. Some libraries use the site to allow people to download content such as music, audiobooks, and ebooks. You check out content and it automatically deletes itself once it reaches its expiration date. Its just like another book or cd checked out of the library...minus the trip down the street/across town (varies with people)
My local library uses the program. I have downloaded it to my laptop, but haven't downloaded any content for use, yet. Some of the members of the forum use the program, if I remember correctly. What do you think about this tour, the program, or the Kindle's incompatiability with OD. Another thing, some of the people there asking about the Kindle seemed to be weighing between a Sony or a Kindle, the ability to download ebooks from the library seem to weigh a lot in the purchase. (Two people mentioned the cost of the ereaders themselves.) Do you think that the Kindle's inability to work with library ebooks will effect the sell of the Kindle Ereader itself? I see that Amazon could lose money if people could just check out ebooks from the library. Still I see Amazon losing money by not having the function on the kindle as people use it to weigh in their Ereader purchase. I don't know. Anyways I just would like to download ebooks from the library.