Michael Blackwell, Director of St. Mary’s County Library here in Southern Maryland, has been a very vocal advocate for public library access to ebooks. I thought this article about Amazon sharing content with DPLA would be interesting reading for our group.
Especially this part: “Amazon also won’t receive any patron data through the deal with DPLA — an aspect of the deal that even Fight for the Future cheered.”
One win that advocates can truly celebrate in this deal, however, is that these e- and audio- books will not be used by Amazon to spy on library patrons. The Digital Public Library of America cut a licensing deal that shields library patrons from Amazon’s prying eyes by keeping all patron data within their app—as opposed to letting Amazon slurp up all the data of public library patrons who opt to read an ebook on Kindle,” Lia Holland, Fight for the Future campaigns and communications director, said in a statement after the deal was announced."