I came across an interesting story yesterday about the West Vancouver Memorial Library and how they now have 6 Kindles on hand that can be checked out to library patrons. I was sitting here and pondering the cost benefit analysis of a Kindle+ebooks when I realized there was an opportunity here.
I wonder how long it will be before Amazon announce a new ability for the Kindle: support for Overdrive library system? It wouldn't take all that much work to accomplish. The Kindle is already running a modified version of Mobipocket Reader, so the technical work would be doable.
And given how hot the competition is right now in ereaders, it would be a really good idea for Amazon to add this new ability and boost the value of their ereader (especially if you could access the Overdrive through Whispernet) . On the other hand, libraries would be buying ebooks from Overdrive, not Amazon, so the corporate type might balk at giving away money. It might be more likely that Amazon will simply buy Overdrive in order to add their services to the Kindle.
P.S. I just came across a press release where another analyst has downgraded Amazon's stock. I think that downgrade just made this library feature that much more likely.