Amazon and OverDrive have just announced a plan to give Kindle owners access to OverDrive's downloadable eBooks. This is excellent news! It gives Kindle owners a way to get their tax money's worth out of their local library, and it solidifies the Library's place in the reading "food chain". The program won't go live until fall of 2011, but here is what we know now.
1. Libraries will not have to buy an additional AZW (Kindle) copy to accompany their EPUB copy. Every title, old and new, will be available for the Kindle, Nook, Sony, Kobo and so on.
2. Users who read an OverDrive book on a Kindle can add "notes" via Whispersync, and those notes can be "reapplied" the next time they borrow that title or--Surprise!--if they buy that title from Amazon.
As I said in my previous post, format and DRM issues will decrease, as we move away from transitional, dedicated eReaders and into multipurpose devices. But that won't happen overnight, and this is a nice, nice bonus for Kindle owners during the transition.