Apple’s iBooks Store is as slick – and expensive – as you’d expect any Apple product to be, but it’s not the only source of digital books for the iPhone and iPad. Alongside apps from commercial rivals such as Amazon's Kindle, I recently discovered an app called OverDrive that gives you online access to the UK’s public lending …
eBook lending restrictions
The reason there are only a number of copies available is down to licencing restrictions imposed by the publisher. Understandable imo. What I find less comprehensible is the fact that if you had dug deeper you would have also found that the books may only be loaned a certain number of times. To imitate the wear a physicall book aquires over time I believe, but still ridiculous for a digital copy.
It's not exactly to imitate the wear received by a physical book. It's to prop up the profits of publishing houses that are scared witless by the move to digital. We covered this back in March at
and there's also more on my own blog at http://gonedigital.net/tag/ebooks/
Overdrive lending libraries application uses Adobe DRM which is also notable in Apple's walled garden.
A lot of the libraries that were listed as being in the south west.. are actually in the south east. Not a good start.
Also, typically, my local library doesn't understand digital anything. It's still in the stone age :(
Seems like a great start and once it gets featured on more places like theReg and shared around Facebook, it could be a real winner. More users = more libraries coming on board and improved software.
A great way to modernise the UK library system.