A perspective on ebook borrowing that compares the Kindle experience with Overdrive (I think you can guess which is easier for the library user…).
Why is the e-book borrowing experience with OverDrive so atrocious? How is it that Amazon is able to make the “Kindle Books from Your Local Library” so easy, while OverDrive makes the process so painful?
Maybe I’m just not using OverDrive well. I know I’m confused at how OverDrive and Adobe’s EPUB eBook work together. And I wonder if my frustrating experience with Adobe Digital Editions and the OverDrive iPhone app is caused by me just not getting something?
As Barbara notes in the comments:
…The main reason that these lending options are clunky is that publishers really don’t want communities to share books. They dislike the idea of libraries, even though there is solid evidence that libraries are a major driver in creating a market for books. They can’t legally stop us sharing printed books, but they can disable sharing going forward. And most of them are doing exactly that. (By the way, that Overdrive system that is tricky? It costs libraries a large upfront investment. And the books libraries loan through Overdrive cost more per title than the print analogue.)