Libraries in some form or another have been around since 1900 BC with information being etched onto tablets and scripts. It was not until the Great Library of Alexandria was razed to the ground did people realize how important it was to have history in its hallowed halls. The Gutenberg press revolutionized the industry again with mass printing of text’s and allowed even small towns and hamlets to have access to important literary works. Since the Digital revolution has permeated to all aspects of our society it was only natural that libraries enter the digital age.
Recently Amazon, is making a play later on this year to offer books to Kindle e-Readers and devices that handle the company’s applications. The company will join OverDrive as being one of the most viable lending services.
We have news today that 3M is also going to be entering the library ecosystem with its own powerplay. They have signed agreements with Random House and IPG to form a cloud based service to be offered to libraries.
3M plans to install terminals in libraries that will allow patrons to browse the eBooks available and encourage them to visit the library. If you don’t fancy the library setting they will offer a service to allow shut-ins to download books from the comfort of your own abode.
What e-readers is 3M’s new service going to be compatible with? To start, PC’s, MACS, iPads, Nooks, Android Tablets, and 3M e-readers. The service is set to go live June 27 2011.
If you are interested in learning more about Overdrive or how eBook Lending works with Libraries click HERE.
via 3M Press Release
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.