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We dropped Overdrive, our previous free e-book downloading
system, because of the cost. We paid
$6,000 a year to belong to that consortium and we had to sign a three-year
contract. 3M is half the cost, a
year-to-year contract and – unlike Overdrive – we own the titles we
be clear where the problem lies. It is with Amazon. In fact, it is only within the past year that
you could use Kindle with Overdrive. Now
3M is working with Amazon to resolve the issue so that Kindles will work with
their service. We hope they are
understand that Kindle owners are disappointed.
But there is a bigger issue here.
Believe it or not, Amazon and the six largest publishers do not want to
sell e-books to libraries. Since e-books
don’t wear out, the publishers say they don’t make enough money.
very sorry for the inconvenience to our Kindle patrons,” says Jackie Welch, Sisson
Library director. “But after a 23
percent decrease in our funding for the last two years because of lower
property valuations and thus lower tax monies available, I had to take a good
look at how we spend our funds. Rest
assured, if there is any way to make everyone happy, I will do it.”
meantime, Kindle owners might want to let Amazon know how you feel. Perhaps if enough people complain, Amazon
will start working with and supporting libraries. And the good news is that local e-book lovers
with other brands of e-readers are very happy with the free 3M service because
it is faster, easier and less cumbersome than Overdrive.
WEEK: We will explore in more detail the
friction between libraries and publishers over e-books in today’s digital age. These are complex and contentious issues of
importance to anyone who loves books and libraries.
Tomorrow (Friday, March 8) we
hope you will drop in to your library for some Scrabble games. This free games session is open to all ages.
The local chapter of the Weston
A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit specializing in nutrition education, will
begin holding free meetings at the library on the second Saturday of every
month from 3 – 4 p.m. The first meeting will be March 9. Please join us for lively discussion,
lectures and food demos on the topics of healthy eating, food and the healing
Injustice” by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Barry Siegel is the true story
of a convicted murderer and the lawyers who fought for his freedom – a
decades-long saga of a man imprisoned for 38 years for a double homicide he
“A Death in the
Small Hours” by Charles Finch is the latest in the Cozy mystery series. “The Bounty Killers: The Loner” by J.A.
Johnstone is a western. “Me Before You”
by Jojo Moyes tells of an assistant to a quadriplegic who devises adventures
they can take together. “Suspect” by
Robert Crais is about an LAPD cop and a German shepherd, both suffering from PTSD. “That Night on Thistle Lane” is the latest in the Swift River
Valley mystery series.
Mysteries and thrillers
by James Patterson is the latest in the mystery series featuring the world’s
most powerful investigative firm.
Other new novels
Girls” by Cathy Marie Buchanan is a story inspired by a real-life model for
Edgar Degas. “Ever After” by Kim
Harrison is the 11th book in the Hollows series featuring the sexy, supernatural adventures of Rachael
Books on CD
“A Memory of
Light” by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson is the final volume in the Wheel
of Time fantasy series. “Hit Me” by
Lawrence Block brings back the popular hit man Keller. “The Night Ranger” by Alex Berenson tells of
the kidnapping of four Americans by Somali bandits.
Thanks to our donors
For her generous
donation, we thank Charlene Baumgardner.
For books and materials this week, we thank Liz Kuhn and many anonymous
“It is not the
strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that
survives. It is the one that is the most
adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin
(1809-1882), English naturalist and writer.
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