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Kindles & Nooks in school Libraries

Kindles & Nooks in school Libraries

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I'm interested to find out how other school librarians are integrating these e-book readers into their libraries. What are your use policies if you have them? Do they circulate? Are they cost-effective in the long run?

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Alberta Garrett's picture

Our funding is limited, so our decision on which ereader to purchase is very important. Looking forward to the results.

Katie Dailey's picture

I am interested in getting e-readers for our high school library and am lucky enough to have money available to purcahse at least 3. One of our learning disability teachers just got 2 Nooks for her students to use in class and possibly check out. She hasn't taken them out of the box yet. We were just dicussing what the procedure for purchasing books will be. You have to have a credit card on file with Barnes & Noble to purchase books. So will that be personal teachers' credit cards? the school district card? a gift card? I think it makes sense for the e-book budget to come out of the library budget. Because she has the Nook I think I will go with the Nook for the sake of continutity.

Len Bryan's picture

Our principal wants us to buy, and we have money for NOOKs at our high school. We even talked to the Barnes and Noble reps and got a quote for 10 devices to use in a pilot program. the problem is this:

3. Prohibited Conduct. In your use of your NOOKcolor or the Service, you may not: (i) transfer the Digital Content from one electronic reading device to another without maintaining the applicable digital rights management solution for that Digital Content; (ii) infringe, violate, or interfere with any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity or any other right of any party; (iii) violate any law, rule or regulation, including, without limitation, U.S. export control laws; (iv) copy, transfer, sublicense, assign, rent, lease, LEND, resell or in any way transfer any rights to all or any portion of the Digital Content to any third party, except in connection with the normal use of the lending feature available through the Service, or as expressly permitted by the Terms of Use or applicable third-party license agreement; (v) broadcast, transmit or distribute the Digital Content in any manner, such as online streaming or making the Digital Content available for download; (vi) interfere with or damage the Service, including, without limitation, through the use of viruses, cancel bots, Trojan horses, harmful code, flood pings, denial of service attacks, packet or IP spoofing, forged routing or electronic mail address information or similar methods or technology; (vii) violate any third-party contract or policy governing the Service, Software or Digital Content; (viii) open, modify, service or tamper with your NOOKcolor; (ix) engage in any activity that interferes with any third party's ability to use or enjoy the Service; (x) delete, destroy or alter in any manner the proprietary rights notices, markings and legends appearing on your NOOKcolor, or the Digital Content, Software or Service; or (xi) assist or encourage any third party in engaging in any activity prohibited by this Agreement.

From this page:

The problem is in part iv. The emphasis is mine. It is a violation of their terms of use for us (or anyone) to buy an ebook, then lend it to someone else outside of their lending feature, which can only be used once per title. I am planning to contact B&N to see if that portion of their terms of use agreement can be taken out or if an exeption can be made for libraries. I am inquiring specifically about a special third party licensing agreement for libraries, as mentioned in that section.

In the meantime, libraries that use NOOKS, Kindles, or other devices might be at risk of violating their agreement with the vendors, unless they have a protective third party agreement in place.

Has anyone that is currently using e-readers in their libraries gone through this process already? We could use some help/advice.

Kim Gangwish's picture

I have been investigating the use of e-books in the library, but I do not want to be tied to one type of device. My vendor is now offering an option that is web-based and would allow students to download to PC's or Apple devices. I'm hopeful they'll eventually be compatible with Google devices such as the Droid as well. The difficulty is in choosing which books to carry in e-format. I'm also looking at a grant to help fund the initial purchase of the e-books, as well as a few hardware pieces to keep for check-out.

Pepper Thompson's picture
Pepper Thompson
School Librarian in Beaumont, Texas

The Kindle is fragile and only black and white. It may not be the best choice for elementary.

Katie Dailey's picture

I understand with the wifi Nooks you have to have a credit card on file to purchase books. How are you managing this?
Len's post with the terms of agreement is another issue that I hadn't started to consider. What I am imagine using the readers for is a mobile bookshelfWhen a student checks out a reader they will be able to read the books on the reader. We will not transer books to different readers. We will have purchased the books and only one patron at a time will be reading the book. I would also be interested to see what Len finds out or if anyone else has already gone through this process.

Wendy Durand's picture

This year I am using the kindle as a reading promotion. With Destiny software I am able to track monthly circulation of groups of students and I have used the data from my seventh and eighth grade students to set criteria for a kindle raffle each month. Students that check out and read the most books are placed in a drawing. The winning student each month is allowed to download the book fo their choice and read on the kindle. It has been a very succesful program and I saw an increase in circulation immediately after beginning the program.

Karen Smith's picture

We are getting some e-books which work with our circulation system (they show up in our catalog) and can be read online or with the digital reader, software that one downloads. The digital reader has a dictionary, highlighter and some other features. We are planning to use them on SmartBoards for lessons.I funded the purchase through a PTC grant.

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