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sbogey

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free ebook at airports
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 10:17 AM
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What do you think about this announcement?Free E-Books at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. This is what they announced:
Upon arrival at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, travelers can now access thousands of free downloadable e-books on their smart phone or e-reader, while waiting to claim their luggage and begin their visit to beautiful Broward County. The free program is a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, and a partnership between the Airport and Broward County Libraries.

More than 15,000 book titles are available, which can be accessed quickly and easily by simply scanning a Quick Response (QR) code displayed on screens throughout the Airport’s baggage claim areas. A library card is not required. A QR code reader app is required – several are available and many are free.

To download a book, simply visit one of the 12 screens conveniently located in the baggage claim area of each of the Airport’s four terminals. Use your smartphone or electronic reading device to scan the QR code. Choose from nonfiction, fiction, children’s titles, classics and more – free. The book titles never expire.
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Re: free ebook at airports
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 1:01 PM   in response to: sbogey in response to: sbogey
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Well, I assume the eBooks are either public domain free books - or eBooks the library purchased, like other books.

I know at our library, if they purchase an eBook, it is like any other book - they can only lend it out to one person at a time. It is not like they buy one eBook and then loan it out to 100 people at once.

Authors typically want libraries to purchase their books - as it can be profitable. It helps them sell thousands of copies.

I would be surprised if the library is loaning eBooks in this fashion, that are not in public domain. It would limit what they could lend to those with library cards. Yet, I could be wrong. I would be curious to know more.

Bobbi
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Re: free ebook at airports
Posted: Jun 16, 2012 1:39 PM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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A quick check turned up this link:

http://webapps.broward.org/newsrelease/AdminDisplayMessages.aspx?intMessageId=3332

but it doesn't say much about the content. The Broward County Library website claims to have 34,000 public domain titles available for ePub distribution with no expiration date. That's probably what they're talking about in the airport lending announcement.
cjeasyaspie

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Posted: Jun 17, 2012 1:34 PM   in response to: scribblr in response to: scribblr
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Funny this subject should come up...

I just saw for the first time, a YouTube video from a library that loans ebooks... Kindle included... and they did include current books.

I didn't see any charge for the download... apparently the user has to be a member of the library.

I was watching a tutorial on lynda.com, and this thing came on... like an ad between tutorials.

It ended with a "contact us" page.

I don't use You-Tube that much so I don't know if this is just the way it works or what.

It was a very nice and professional-looking video... not like some hijacker had done it.

CJ
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