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Ebooks @ the Library

Amazon recently rolled out “Kindle Unlimited” and described it as 600,000 ebook titles, 1000’s of audiobooks all for $9.99 per month. Read and listen unlimited. It sounds good, but wait…..are the books you want to read and listen to included??

I just read an informal “study”. The author identified about 15 titles, some current some classics, and checked the availability in Kindle Unlimited, in several other ebook services, and at two public libraries.

Hands down, more of the titles, both current and classics, were available through the libraries than from the vendors.

Yes, I realize there are differences…..ebooks through libraries are the library model: place a hold if not available, wait your turn, return the title at the due date BUT more publishers have made their titles available in ebook format to libraries than to Amazon.

KPL participates in a consortium of Michigan public libraries who share ebook services through OverDrive. The price is right…..free to resident cardholders….and there is a good selection of titles. Information is on our website and our staff are available to help get you started.

My advice….browse our ebook holdings before your subscribe to a commercial ebook service.



Ebooks @ the Library

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Amazon recently rolled out “Kindle Unlimited” and described it as 600,000 ebook titles, 1000’s of audiobooks all for $9.99 per month. Read and listen unlimited. It sounds good, but wait…..are the books you want to read and listen to included??

I just read an informal “study”. The author identified about 15 titles, some current some classics, and checked the availability in Kindle Unlimited, in several other ebook services, and at two public libraries.

Hands down, more of the titles, both current and classics, were available through the libraries than from the vendors.

Yes, I realize there are differences…..ebooks through libraries are the library model: place a hold if not available, wait your turn, return the title at the due date BUT more publishers have made their titles available in ebook format to libraries than to Amazon.

KPL participates in a consortium of Michigan public libraries who share ebook services through OverDrive. The price is right…..free to resident cardholders….and there is a good selection of titles. Information is on our website and our staff are available to help get you started.

My advice….browse our ebook holdings before your subscribe to a commercial ebook service.

Posted by Ann Rohrbaugh at 08/15/2014 03:16:46 PM | 


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