Amazon kicks off Kindle library program, Adobe ePub still dominant

Amazon kicks off Kindle library program, Adobe ePub still dominant

Summary: Amazon's Kindle library lending program kicks off, but Kindle format still appears to be swamped by Adobe's ePub.

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Amazon on Wednesday launched its library lending program so Kindle users can borrow books from 11,000 outlets via Overdrive. For some libraries, however, the Kindle format remains in the coming soon category.

The Kindle-library program is enabled via Overdrive, a service that provides lending services for other e-books such as Barnes & Noble's Nook. For the most part, Overdrive has delivered e-books in the Adobe ePub format.

In that landscape, Amazon is playing a bit of catch up, but is hoping the ability to add highlights and share margin notes and bookmarks will be a boon for library users.

To download, a Kindle library e-book you have to go to your local library's Web site, choose a book and send to your device. The user experience works through your local library and Overdrive.

For my local library, however, the Kindle option wasn't enabled, but others such as a the Brooklyn Public Library seem to be switched on. Amazon said Kindle library books are being rolled out over the next few days. In any case, it's clear that Adobe's ePub format is dominant.

Here's a screen from my local library.

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  • ePub it's not owned by Adobe.

    Just to clarify: there's no "Adobe ePub". ePub is an open standard, it's not owned by anyone. Adobe is among the members of IDPF, the organization behing the format, but that's all. http://idpf.org/about-us/leadership
    PageLab
  • ADE is not everything

    there's no "Adobe ePub". ePub is an open standard, it's not owned by anyone<br><a href="http://www.epubor.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.epubor.com</a>
    epuborrenee
  • RE: Amazon kicks off Kindle library program, Adobe ePub still dominant

    Indeed ePub is a standard, independent of Adobe. The article is referring to the digital rights technology from Adobe that most libraries apply to their lendable ePub content. The article should probably be updated to make this explicit.
    ScottConroy
  • RE: Amazon kicks off Kindle library program, Adobe ePub still dominant

    Also, not every library is a member of such technological advances. Meaning that if your library does not participate, you will not be able to enjoy this feature. My local library is not a member of the North Carolina Digital Library (due to budget restraints), therefore I am out of luck until something happens to change that.
    Rayzer2368
  • RE: Amazon kicks off Kindle library program, Adobe ePub still dominant

    I hope they bring Kindle support to Overdrive in Australia soon! Kindle is one of the few e-readers available here these days.
    simiandreams
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