Amazon.com announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the U.S..
Jay Marine, Director for Amazon Kindle, said:
“Starting today, millions of Kindle customers can borrow Kindle books from their local libraries. 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.”
If you want to borrow Kindle books, all you have to do is to visit your local library’s website where you can search and select a book. No need to go physically to the library. After choosing a book, you may choose to “Send to Kindle” and it will be delivered to your device via Wi-Fi or USB. You can check out a Kindle book from your local library and start reading on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, as well as in their web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Marcellus Turner, city librarian for The Seattle Public Library, welcomed this development:
“This is a welcome day for Kindle users in libraries everywhere and especially our Kindle users here at The Seattle Public Library. We’re thrilled that Amazon is offering such a new approach to library ebooks that enhances the reader experience.”
By the way, you still need a valid library card.