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Library Books on the Kindle

Amazon today announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.
Customers will be able to check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. If a Kindle book is checked out again or that book is purchased from Amazon, all of a customer's annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.

"We're doing a little something extra here," Marine continued. "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."


It's about time they made borrowing books from the library possible. The best part is that it keeps your notes. I wish the lending feature where you lend books you own to another Kindle user allowed both the lender and lendee to see each other's notes. And, unlike lending between users, this library lending is going to allow borrowing the same book multiple times. What a novel idea. Stupid Amazon.

By min | April 20, 2011, 2:16 PM | Boooooks | Comments (0)| Link

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