Techcrunch – “As reported earlier this year, Amazon and digital content distribution service OverDrive are teaming up to bring Kindle library lending to thousands of public libraries across the U.S. That partnership, rumored to be launching this month, has apparently now gone live in select locations. According to postings on Amazon’s Kindle Forum, some users are already seeing this option in the Seattle area. A page on Amazon’s website describing the new service has also gone live.”
Book Bench – “Last week, Amazon announced the launch of @Author, a new feature for the Kindle that will enable readers to highlight a particular passage of an e-book in order to ask its author a question about it. As yet, it’s operating only in a limited beta version, but a number of high-profile writers—among them Susan Orlean, Steven Johnson, and Timothy Ferriss—have already signed up. (There’s been no announcement thus far on whether Thomas Pynchon and Cormac McCarthy plan to get on board). It’s a development of which Holden Caulfield might have approved. “What really knocks me out,” as he put it, “is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.” Holden’s creator, it should be said, was not himself noted for his openness to such overtures from readers”
ebookNewser – “Twitter is a buzz Sunday night with the news that Amazon had added social networking features to the Kindle support site at kindle.amazon.com. Kindle users can now create a profile page, follow other Kindle users, share details about their reading habits, and so on. I’m not sure that this qualifies as news, other than the fact it happened so quietly. The new features appear to have been launched quite some time ago; there are some users with hundreds if not thousands of followers.”
Dallas Morning News – “E-readers are superior to paper books for a lot of reasons, from the massive number of volumes a single device can hold to the ability to wirelessly download titles without your ever setting foot in a bookstore.
But if you just don’t feel right reading without a physical book in your hand, husband-and-wife team John and Connie Cullen have found a way to bring both worlds together. The inBook case is a hardback book with the pages carved out to hold models of the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook e-readers.”
Teleread – “Amazon just issued a press release announcing the opening of their Kindle Textbooks store. Titles will be available to rent for periods from 30 days to 360 days, and students can increase the rental period in increments as small as one day, or purchase (license) the book outright at any point. The other compelling feature is that any notes or highlights will remain stored on Amazon’s servers under the customer’s Kindle account, just like other notes and highlights, so that they’ll remain accessible even after the rental expires.”