Amazon to allow e-book borrowing from libraries
Amazon announced yesterday that it will allow Kindle users to borrow Kindle e-books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. The new feature, known as Kindle Library Lending, will be available across all generations of Kindle devices as well as through the various free Kindle reading apps.
The service lets users check out and read Kindle e-books from participating libraries, free of charge. Users will also be able to add notes and bookmarks to their “borrowed” e-books – something they can’t do with paper books. If a user decides to borrow the book again or subsequently purchase it from Amazon, all that user’s annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.
“We’re excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries,” said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle, in a press release.
The Kindle Library Lending feature will be powered by OverDrive, the same digital solutions provider that has enabled similar e-book borrowing services on Sony e-readers as well as Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
In addition to Kindle e-readers, Kindle apps are available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs. Kindle Library Lending will be possible on all these platforms.
Amazon says the Kindle e-book borrowing service will launch later this year.