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Have You Borrowed or Lent E-books? What Was Your Experience?

By Edward Nawotka

The demand for e-books is unquestionably on the rise and e-readers and iPads were hot holiday items this past holiday season. Many libraries offer e-book lending services and have for some time, but the increasing ubiquity of devices means that these services will be even more in demand in the coming year and libraries will be put to the test. Today’s lead story discusses the e-book lending models offered to libraries by major American e-book retailers Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Have you used either of the two retailers e-book lending services, either to share a book with a friend or family member, or else to borrow a book from your local library? What was your experience? Positive? Negative? Would you do it again? Was it easy or were there too many hoops to jump through. Share your experiences and thoughts with us in the comments below.

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  1. Jim Bobak
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Yes, I borrowed an e-book from from my local Library just yesterday, using Overdrive’s App for my Android X smartphone. It was a simple and easy experience. There was just enough instruction in the App to get started, so I did it without glitches. I would do it again, although for me the 4.3″ screen on the Droid X is still a bit small to read a full book.

  2. Catherine
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    We have over 1850 people borrowing and lending Kindle ebooks using a Facebook page I founded called Kindle Lending Club. The universal reaction seems to be that the process is easy and rewarding.


  3. Mandy
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    I’ve borrowed several e-books through my local library using Overdrive for my Nook. I’ve had a great experience with it. It’s easy to do and quite convenient! My only complaint is that I wish libraries had more copies of each book (the waits can be long and torturous!) and I wish they had more of a selection. Other than that, I am a huge fan!

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