Friday, May 20, 2011

3M Announces Cloud Library eBook Lending Service

3M has announced the Cloud Library eBook lending service, which will be unveiled at the ALA Conference next month. The press release describes the service as combining content from Random House and other "leading publishers" with special in-library Discovery Terminals and, most intriguingly, a "3M eBook Reader for Libraries" that could be checked out to patrons.

This follows rumors that Overdrive was also considering offering a branded eReader device, and looks like competing eBook ecosystems might be developing for libraries.

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