Amazon Kindle Book Loans Debut at 11,000 Libraries
Local libraries and Amazon team up to offer Kindle customers access to books on loan. What would Eratosthenes think?Fast receding into the past are the days when borrowing a book meant keeping quiet and navigating cavernous stacks. Online retail giant Amazon.com is expanding the selection of books available on its best-selling Kindle e-reader to more than 11,000 local libraries across the United States-meaning that Kindle and Kindle application customers can now borrow Kindle books without ever having to sift through rows of books or negotiate with stern-voiced librarians. When users borrow a Kindle library book, they'll have all the features included with Kindle books, including Whispersync, which automatically synchronizes their margin notes, highlights and bookmarks, and provides real page numbers and, of course, Facebook and Twitter integration. Customers will use their local library's Website to search for and select a book to borrow. Users can borrow Kindle books from a local library's Website that offers digital services from OverDrive and then check out a Kindle book using a valid library card. The user then clicks on "Get for Kindle" and signs in to their Amazon account to have the book delivered to the Kindle or reading application. Once they choose a book, the publication will be delivered to the device they select via a WiFi connection, or it can be transferred via USB.
"Starting today, millions of Kindle customers can borrow Kindle books from their local libraries," said Jay Marine, director of Amazon Kindle. "Libraries are a critical part of our communities, and we're excited to be making Kindle books available at more than 11,000 local libraries around the country. We're even doing a little extra here: Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we're fixing this by extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book or if you decide to buy the book."