Amazon Allows E-Books from Libraries Lent on Kindle

Written by Ardent Editor on September 22, 2011 – 11:47 am -

Users of Kindle, both the e-reader and the e-reading app, can now borrow digital books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Amazon, the online retailer behind Kindle, has announced that these libraries will offer Kindle versions of their entire e-book catalog that use OverDrive technology.

Borrowing e-books from libraries has been a feature on Barnes and Noble’s Nook reader and Sony e-readers, which at the time Kindle does not support, concerning some librarians. E-books will be delivered to Kindle users through WiFi or USB connectivity, making it the only e-reader to offer wireless delivery of library digital books.

Amazon also offers a set of unique feature to Kindle book borrowers, including the ability to make notes right along the e-book’s margins. These margin notes are backed up and will remain available the next time the user checks out the book or decides to purchase it.

To borrow e-books using the Kindle, a user must go the e-book website of their local library, select the book, and click “Send to Kindle.” The user is then redirected to login page. After typing in login details, the book is delivered using WiFi or USB.

Source: Amazon, via Computer World


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