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How to start a corporate ebook library, allows multiuser borrowing?

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Initial post: Feb 19, 2013 12:51:12 PM PST
Elizabert says:
Hi, thanks in advance for your help.

I'm looking into options for starting a small library for my department at a hospital. Currently, we have a small library of a 100 books or so, that we let our doctors borrow. We want to convert to an ebook library. Is there an option with Kindle that will allow us to do this legally? All of the books we are looking into are lending disabled. That would have been perfect for us.

Any thoughts?

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 12:54:28 PM PST
Even though a book may be lending enabled, you can only loan the book once and for only 14 days.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 12:56:44 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Probably the easiest way is to buy all the books on one account and buy multiple Kindles for that account. Most books can be on up to 6 devices at a time. You also may want to contact Amazon directly and talk to someone there for a business account.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 12:56:53 PM PST
I think this is where you need to start:

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 12:57:18 PM PST
King Al says:
Lending wouldn't have been useful anyway,since you can only lend a book one time EVER.

You could set up an account, and purchase all your ebooks on that account. The doctors would register their Kindle apps (computer or mobile device) to that account. All books on the account would be accessible to everyone registered to that account. The limiting factor would be the number of devices a particular book could be downloaded to simultaneously; I believe that many technical books have a limit of 1 or 2 devices that it can be read on simultaneously.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 12:57:57 PM PST
MikeJW says:
Buy one Kindle for each doctor, and register each of them to the library account with Amazon. The only issue is that some books are limited to how many can be read on an account device at a time, usually six.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 12:58:40 PM PST
quilt lover says:
You can link all your devices to the same account and everyone will have access to the books. Some (most) books can only be downloaded on 6 devices at a time, but as soon as one of those is deleted from a device then it is available for the next person to read.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 12:59:13 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
This is probably the best bet.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 12:59:29 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013 12:59:56 PM PST
Whispercast is the answer.

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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 1:00:51 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
yes, Whispercast might be your answer

it's designed for multi-user environments all sharing the same account

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 1:03:50 PM PST
Elizabert says:
The 14 day lending would be perfect for us. But again, most books we are interested in are not lending enabled.

Jazzy, is it kosher to set up one account and have multiple users? Even though amazon allows multiple devices, I don't think it was meant for multiple users. Although I'm sure many people use it that way. I guess I should read the terms of use closer.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 1:18:29 PM PST
Elizabert says:
Thank you all for your responses!

The following is what I read from whispercast:

Whispercast can only deliver eBooks to an account created by your organization that has up to 2 Kindle devices and 2 reading apps registered to it. This provides users the flexibility to read their Kindle books across multiple devices.

Does this mean we can only 2 kindles? Or can we have 30? We potentially have 70 users for this library.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 1:21:03 PM PST
Mary Jane says:
Multiple users are fine. Many families easily share books this way.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 1:25:31 PM PST
I think - and I'm no expert on this - that you create a "master account" and each person gets up to 2 Kindles and 2 apps each. So you would have the one main account, and 30 "sub accounts". I really suggest you call the number given on the Whispercast page. I don't think anyone here is familiar enough with this to be certain our answers are accurate.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 1:31:52 PM PST
Here's the FAQ page for Whispercast:

It sounds like it would do exactly what you want.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 1:46:13 PM PST
Elizabert says:
Thanks Francis.

I'm can't find the number. Where do you see it on the whispercast page?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 1:50:36 PM PST
You can call from here:

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 1:53:02 PM PST
T. Cannon says:
I didn't see a number either but there is a link for a quote just to the right of the picture of kids studiously reading. If you click on that it brings up a form that allows you to have someone from Amazon call you back. IF it is like the Customer Service call back they do it pretty much immediately.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 1:53:19 PM PST
New Girl says:
And it lists as "coming soon" a Bring Your Own Device model where the users can register a Kindle or Kindle App without the organization having to buy all the kindles.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 1:58:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013 1:59:27 PM PST
Elizabert says:
Thanks again.

I called whispercast, and this is not a solution what I wanted to do. When I buy a book on whispercast, I can distribute it to one person and only one person. So for every user, I would need to buy a separate book.

What I wanted to do is set up a "library" where you can "borrow" books. I want to buy one copy, and have one user borrow it at a time. When they offload it, then we can distribute it to another user. Much like a Brick and Mortar library works. I do not want to buy multiple copies of the same book.

Any ideas?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 2:23:31 PM PST
T. Cannon says:
The TOS appear to allow mutiple Kindles on the same account. I think you should look at that route again. I suppose the down side would be that your doctors could not put their own Kindles on the account or they would lose access to there own books on there own account. They could register Kindle for PC apps (free) to your account but then they would have to read on the computer.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 2:26:25 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 2:26:54 PM PST
Elizabert says:
What is TOS? Sorry, I'm not kindle savy.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 2:29:38 PM PST
King Al says:
Terms of Service.

Are you sure that they didn't misunderstand your question regarding the distribution of a book? Since Whispercast is designed for multiple users, that answer doesn't really make sense.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 2:30:17 PM PST
Elizabert says:
Oh, you mean terms of service. Are you talking about TOS for whispercast?

According to the whispercast representative I spoke with, Whispercast allows for multiple users/devices on the same account. You buy ebooks on that account. Then you distribute them to the other devices. However, once you distribute the books, that's it. No one else can receive that book. It's almost like you are giving them that book.

What we need is a service that will allow us to buy a single book and let multiple users read that book, albeit one at a time. Much like a traditional library.
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