I am not too impressed by Amazon's ebook lending. I noticed on their example on their website http://amzn.to/oPMIt2 that you can rent a certain book for $40 or buy it used for another $15 at $55. I would rather buy it for $55 than rent it for $40. That is just one title example, but if the prices are going to be that way I don't see much incentive to renting. Of course that is just my opinion. In the hospital environment I don't see many doctors lugging around Kindles or Nooks. I see way more iPads (and our hospital IT hasn't even approved iPads yet). The iPad offers doctors and other medical professionals to have an all in one tablet device that they can read a book, use a medical app, or view patient records (depending IT department restrictions). If they used a Nook or Kindle it would just be one more thing to carry around. You would think if you had an ebook or ebook package that it would display well on a laptop or PC it would display on the iPad. That is not always the case. Besides dealing with the Flash issue, I am not sure what optimization needs to happen but something is done to make it work. We had one doctor try to use one of our McGraw Hill Access titles and it wouldn't work, and the help desk simply said it wasn't meant for the iPad. However, we have had others using iPads and accessing our other ebooks and it seems to be going well (i.e. no complaints). I guess I would ask ebook vendors like Ovid, McGraw Hill, StatRef, Wiley, etc. whether your current ebook package works on the iPad. If it does then groovy. If it doesn't and you need that title electronically you might want to consider a company like Unbound Medicine. Unbound Medicine does a pretty good job and providing electronic access to medical books through MANY platforms, including the iPad. They are very used to dealing with libraries and institutions. Michelle ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------ Michelle Kraft, MLS, AHIP Senior Medical Librarian Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library 9500 Euclid Ave. NA 30 Cleveland, OH 44195 (216) 445-7338 [log in to unmask] -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Pamela Richards Sent: Monday, July 25, 2011 1:43 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: Amazon to rent textbooks Ah if only it was as simple as getting on board or not. What freaks me out is the rental model, not the electronic part. I wasn't happy about the hardcopy rental either. The publishers seem to be squeezing libraries out of e book lending. I wish there were more medical mobile books available for library lending, but I think publishers see that as a threat and are booting us off the playing field. Pam Pam Richards Team Leader Scotiabank Health Sciences Library Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre at St. Michael's 209 Victoria St. 3rd Floor East Building Toronto ON M5B 1T8 416-864-6060 x77540 Mailing Address 30 Bond St. Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8 From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Susan Fowler Sent: Monday, July 25, 2011 1:07 PM To: Pamela Richards Cc: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: Amazon to rent textbooks I think the library can be involved buy making sure they know how to use Kindles and Kindle apps on other technology platforms, to let their patrons know about the service, and to also know what other resources are available on the Kindle, - for example, the library may have several e-books where patrons can download PDFs of the chapters to their Kindles. E-Books are here to stay and so are e-readers, it's time librarians get on board. When we think about the library let's try to think like a company that is still around and not like Borders. On Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 10:05 AM, Pamela Richards <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote: Interesting. So what does this mean for libraries? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/25/us/25iht-EDUCBRIEFS25.html?emc=tnt&tnt email1=y Pam Pam Richards Team Leader Scotiabank Health Sciences Library Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre at St. Michael's 209 Victoria St. 3rd Floor East Building Toronto ON M5B 1T8 416-864-6060 x77540<tel:416-864-6060%20x77540> Mailing Address 30 Bond St. Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8 -- Susan Fowler, MLIS Medical Librarian Evidence at Becker: http://beckerguides.wustl.edu/ebm Mobile Resources Guide: http://beckerguides.wustl.edu/mobileresources Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St. Louis 314-362-8092 [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> =================================== Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail Cleveland Clinic is ranked one of the top hospitals in America by U.S.News & World Report (2010). 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