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A special message for our unhappy Kindle patrons

PREVIEW Columnist, and the Library Staff

Many Kindle owners are unhappy because our new 3M e-book service is not compatible with Kindle e-readers.

Here is the background — and a suggestion for something you can do that may help solve the problem.

We dropped Overdrive, our previous free e-book downloading system, because of the cost. We paid $6,000 a year to belong to that consortium and we had to sign a three-year contract. 3M is half the cost, a year-to-year contract and — unlike Overdrive — we own the titles we purchase.

Let’s be clear where the problem lies: it is with Amazon. In fact, it is only within the past year that you could use Kindle with Overdrive. Now 3M is working with Amazon to resolve the issue so that Kindles will work with their service. We hope they are successful.

We understand that Kindle owners are disappointed. But there is a bigger issue here. Believe it or not, Amazon and the six largest publishers do not want to sell e-books to libraries. Since e-books don’t wear out, the publishers say they don’t make enough money.

“I am very sorry for the inconvenience to our Kindle patrons,” says Jackie Welch, Sisson Library director. “But after a twenty-three percent decrease in our funding for the last two years because of lower property valuations, and thus lower tax monies available, I had to take a good look at how we spend our funds. Rest assured, if there is any way to make everyone happy, I will do it.”

In the meantime, Kindle owners might want to let Amazon know how you feel. Perhaps if enough people complain, Amazon will start working with and supporting libraries. And the good news is that local e-book lovers with other brands of e-readers are very happy with the free 3M service because it is faster, easier and less cumbersome than Overdrive.

Next week, we will explore in more detail the friction between libraries and publishers over e-books in today’s digital age. These are complex and contentious issues of importance to anyone who loves books and libraries.

Scrabble fun

Tomorrow (Friday, March 8) we hope you will drop in to your library for some Scrabble games. This free games session is open to all ages.

Healthy living 

The local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit specializing in nutrition education, will begin holding free meetings at the library on the second Saturday of every month from 3–4 p.m. The first meeting will be March 9. Please join us for lively discussions, lectures and food demos on the topics of healthy eating, food and the healing arts.

Nonfiction

“Manifest Injustice” by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Barry Siegel is the true story of a convicted murderer and the lawyers who fought for his freedom – a decades-long saga of a man imprisoned for 38 years for a double homicide he denies commiting.

Large print

“A Death in the Small Hours” by Charles Finch is the latest in the Cozy mystery series. “The Bounty Killers: The Loner” by J.A. Johnstone is a western. “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes tells of an assistant to a quadriplegic who devises adventures they can take together.

“Suspect” by Robert Crais is about an LAPD cop and a German shepherd, both suffering from PTSD. “That Night on Thistle Lane” is the latest in the Swift River Valley mystery series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Private Berlin” by James Patterson is the latest in the mystery series featuring the world’s most powerful investigative firm.

Other new novels

“The Painted Girls” by Cathy Marie Buchanan is a story inspired by a real-life model for Edgar Degas. “Ever After” by Kim Harrison is the 11th book in the Hollows series featuring the sexy, supernatural adventures of Rachael Morgan.

Books on CD

“A Memory of Light” by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson is the final volume in the Wheel of Time fantasy series. “Hit Me” by Lawrence Block brings back the popular hit man Keller. “The Night Ranger” by Alex Berenson tells of the kidnapping of four Americans by Somali bandits.

Thanks to our donors

For her generous donation, we thank Charlene Baumgardner. For books and materials this week, we thank Liz Kuhn and many anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin (1809-1882), English naturalist and writer.

Website 

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books from the comfort of your home — please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on March 7, 2013.