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Spike in Library Card Applications After Kindle Announcement

by ARLnow.com September 23, 2011 at 10:00 am 3,013 8 Comments

The announcement that Amazon Kindle users will now be able to “borrow” eBooks for free from the Arlington Public Library web site caused an apparent spike in library card applications.

Spokesman Peter Golkin said that the library received 150 library card application following the Kindle announcement.

“Usually that number would be 20-30,” Golkin said.

  • CrystalMikey

    I’m about to be one of those numbers. 🙂

  • Roadrunner

    My fiance is one of those new ones–and I’ve been borrowing EPUB books for a few months for my iPad, but I’m excited to get them on the Kindle now too!

  • Michael H.

    I’m signing up too.

  • J. Jones

    Good luck to all the new library card holders attempting to get e-books from the library. As someone who uses a Nook and has been able to get books from the library since the beginning (Kindle plays catchup again), my experience has been less than enthusiastic.

    The library typically only has 1 or 2 copies (at best) of each Ebook, and the waiting list for new releases or popular books are long. I’ve put myself on the waiting list for 6 different books over the last 8 months, and have yet to receive a single one of them.

    You would think that since the books aren’t physical, they can lend them out as often as there is demand, but they are still bound by the typical inventory restrictions their physical siblings have.

    Good luck new library members, and enjoy the waiting list.

    • Arlington Public Library, Public Information

      Hello J. Jones,

      As with our physical books and DVDs, the Library has to pay fees for each downloadable book it offers. With the obvious convenience of digital technology, we’re hoping for the day when we can offer unlimited copies of downloadables but the publishing industry isn’t there yet.

      But don’t give up hope. It looked like Amazon wasn’t going to work with libraries either but then we got the great news on Wednesday about Kindle.

      Another tip: Any resident of Arlington can apply for library cards in our neighboring jurisdictions. Scroll down on this page for details: http://library.arlingtonva.us/departments/Libraries/about/LibrariesAboutLibraryGetALibraryCard.aspx

      The more library systems you use, the more catalogs you can explore.

    • Locala

      I was wondering about this very same issue. I hope that the library has a plan to do a major expansion of the quantity of Ebooks that they offer. And with 150 new readers just in one day, they better do it soon!

  • Yeah I had the above “what the wha?” moment about the long waits for ebooks at the Arlingotn Public Library a year ago using my Nook (yay Nook!). I get that it’s not the Arlington Public Library’s fault…it’s the book publishing industry.

    That said in a year I’ve maybe read 4 ebooks? I appreciate the ability to do it even if it’s actually slower than a wait for a physical book.

    • 4Arl

      I don’t get why people are pointing blame at the publishing industry.


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