E-book lending libraries

| February 23, 2011

Open Library now offers a digital lending library where you can borrow up to 5 e-books at a time. They’ve united about 150 libraries to provide this service. From the Internet Archive Announcement (link also includes:

Any OpenLibrary.org account holder can borrow up to 5 eBooks at a time, for up to 2 weeks. Books can only be borrowed by one person at a time. People can choose to borrow either an in-browser version (viewed using the Internet Archive’s BookReader web application), or a PDF or ePub version, managed by the free Adobe Digital Editions software. This new technology follows the lead of the Google eBookstore, which sells books from many publishers to be read using Google’s books-in-browsers technology. Readers can use laptops, library computers and tablet devices including the iPad.

Here’s what a books page looks like in the lending library. I’ll report back about how this whole thing works out kindle wise.