E-Books in OverDrive

Another sign of the changing times...

5,400 public libraries are now lending free e-books and audio books to their patrons. With the help of OverDrive, library customers can download texts to their Sony e-book readers, computers and various hand held devices. They get two to three weeks with the book, and then, poof, it expires. It's yet another trend worrying publishers, and I have to think it might make the Amazon Kindle people a little nervous too. The New York Times has the full details here.

Meanwhile, on a quite related note, the Times separately poses the question Does the Brain Like e-Books? to five prominent thinkers. When you read their replies, you can't help but wonder whether we're generally developing a flawed digital reading experience--one that doesn't really give much thought to how we read when we read well. But then it's important to remember. We're early on in this game. And, with a little time and smarts, we'll end up with something much better, even if it's some strange fusion of the traditional and digital book.

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