Amazon to Allow Kindle eBooks to be Checked Out of Local Libraries

In a move guaranteed to make their customers giddy, Amazon has announced that they will soon allow Kindle ebooks to be borrowed from over 11,000 local libraries in the United States. The new feature is called Kindle Library Lending and it will be available on all generations of Kindles and Kindle reading apps (Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone). Amazon hasn’t provided an exact launch date for the new service—they just say it will be “later this year.”

One of the cool things about Kindle Library Lending is that you can make highlights and notes in the borrowed ebook, and they will be preserved if you later decide to buy the ebook.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”

The Kindle books will be available in libraries that utilize OverDrive, the leading provider of ebooks in libraries. Go to their website and plug in your zip code to see if your local library subscribes to their service. I am so bummed that my library isn’t one of the 11,000 subscribers. Does your library use OverDrive? Are you excited to try out this new feature on your Kindle?

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