April 24, 2014

New Kindle Paperwhite Will Include Goodreads Integration & Access to More than 400,000 Lending Library Titles

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The complete details about the new Kindle Paperwhite device are available here. You can now pre-order.

Most noteworthy for infoDOCKET:

1. Integration of Goodreads into Kindle Paperwhite Device.
Amazon acquired Goodreads earlier this year.

2. The announcement also notes that the Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL) now offers more than 400,000 titles.  KOLL went live in November, 2011 with about 5,000 titles available to Kindle owners. In April, 2013 Amazon announced that 300,000 titles were available. 

The library world needs not only to be aware of KOLL and other “Netflix” like services but plan for similar types of services in the works. We’ve discussed why this is important many times on infoDOCKET including in this October, 2012 post. Btw, the Wall St. Journal published an article about “Netflix” like ebook services today. It’s available only to WSJ subscribers.

See: Publishing Hears Echoes of Netflix Business Model. Is the library world also hearing these echoes?

From the Article:

Offering unlimited television shows and music for a flat monthly fee has worked for NetflixInc. and Spotify AB. Will it work in the book industry?

One of the startups, privately funded North Carolina-based eReatah Inc., has signed up one of the major publishers, Simon & Schuster, as well as such independents as Sourcebooks Inc. and Kensington Publishing Corp. eReatah, which proposes a limited-subscription offering, expects to launch in the next few months with more than 80,000 titles.

Note: eReatah Formally Launched a Private Beta Today
Request Beta Invite

What Else Will the New Paperwhite Offer?

Some of What Amazon is Touting About New Device (With Links to Screenshots)

The new Kindle Paperwhite is only $119. Kindle Paperwhite is available for pre-order starting today and begins shipping September 30. The new top-of-the-line Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G is only $189. Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G is expected to ship November 5.
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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.