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I just got a notice that my library has launched their new e-book service, and it's through the 3M Cloud. I'm headed there today to return a book, and will play with it when I get back. So far, I see it's compatible with Nook and Kobo devices only.
I'll come back and check out a book when I get home and see what it's like and report back!
OK, here's what I know so far--
Positives--3M Cloud is super easy to use. You do not have to download Adobe Digital Editions to use it--it is direct download from the 3M Cloud, and it's super fast. You do have to download the 3M for PC (Apple is pending) program to your computer, but that contains everything--the catalog, the cloud, your bookshelf, etc. Right now, my library only has a small collection of e-books, around 75 popular fiction titles. I put 3 on hold, and it shows the countdown to the time it's available in my account. I downloaded one I'm not interested in reading just to see how it works, and it looks and opens fine, though the cover image didn't transfer. Not sure if that's typical or if just a fluke with the particular book I downloaded. I'm using a Nook Color, and this is obviously a small sample size, but so far, so good!
You can also read from your PC, which means I think tablet users (possibly Kindle Fire users??) can use the program as well with the app. There are also Android apps as well.
Drawbacks--When you open the 3M Cloud program, you are in a tab called "Shelves", which is basically genres. These are the books your library has available. There is another tab, called "Categories", which breaks the genres up into subcategories and shows ALL the books that 3M has available. Looking at this list, you are able to "wishlist" books, which sends a notice to your library that a patron requests that book to be purchased. The full menu is nice, but at this early stage, it's a tease to see all the books I could have access to if my library bought them.
Another drawback is that at this point there is no notification system through 3M to let you know your book is available. You have to be proactive to check back and watch the countdown timer. If patrons turn books in early, you could miss your book altogether if you aren't watching the countdown. So, I'm not a big fan of that.
Let me know if anyone else has questions about it and I'll try to answer them!
Last Edited on: 7/6/12 6:18 PM ET - Total times edited: 2