Kindle Demonstration & Notes

This Friday I got to demonstrate some features of my Kindle 2.0 to a group of about 20 staff at my library.  We’re getting ready to go the e-book route, which I think is very exciting.  I feel so grateful that my library is willing to embrace and explore new technologies — we circulate video game systems, laptops, flip cameras, and our reference services entail chatting, texting, blogging and technology instruction. . .

Anyway, I’m getting distracted from what I REALLY wanted to tell you about, which is libraries and e-Books.  It looks like my library is going to end up going with Sony e-Readers, because we already use the Overdrive service for audiobooks, and Overdrive just partnered up with Sony to offer content for their e-Readers earlier this summer.  This makes me sad for entirely selfish reasons, because I use a Kindle — but that’s just the way it goes in the format wars.  And it does really bug me that the Kindle is so proprietary and DRM-y — but all the better to hack, my dear!  (And lest we forget — Sony is not exactly exempt from the evils of DRM, either.  Remember that fiasco?)

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