With the growing market of ebooks, libraries are including ebook rentals for their guests. With the perks of owning a library card, you can now rent books directly on any device.
I first learned of this when I was in my own library, looking for a novel that was severely difficult to find. I was searching their online database of books and found an option to rent it as an ebook.
I was already impressed with the fact that my library delivered books to my front door. Now in addition to the Orange County Library System delivering books that you can order online, they will deliver them straight to your ipad, kindle, computer, etc.
At first I wasn’t sure if this was a common thing for libraries to do, but it looks like Orange County isn’t the only library system to offer ebook rentals. Amazon even has an ask-page that explains renting ebooks with kindle. They have an awesome video explaining the rental, how it is just like in print book rentals, allotted to you for a period of time and then returned.
There seems to be some controversy over this particular form of renting, and just like with regular print rentals there seems to be a waiting list involved if it is a popular book. Here is some stats for this bit of information:
Do you think ebook rentals are worth it? Have you tried renting one? Will you rent one? What do you think this will mean for the future? There are many questions I still have regarding this delivery system, but so far I am impressed.
Sources and Interesting links:
The Digital Shift:
Ebook from Orange County Library System: Harry Potter: http://iii.ocls.info/search~S1?/tharry+potter+and+the+prisoner+of+askaban/tharry+potter+and+the+prisoner+of+askaban/-3%2C0%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=tharry+potter+and+the+philosophers+stone&3%2C%2C4/indexsort=-
Interesting article about the controversy with ebook rentals:
CNN talks about ebook lending:
Fox News explains ebook renting: