The company made the announcement yesterday.
Your book can be transmitted wirelessly or via USB. This will work on any device with Amazon software or apps, including an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone.
Of course, availability of the e-books will vary from library to library, but most titles should be available on your Kindle for about two weeks. After that, they’ll simply disappear from your device.
In a press release, Amazon’s Jay Marine called libraries a “critical part of our communities,” and said that this initiative was a natural next step for library lending.
“We’re even doing a little extra here – normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no,” Marine said. “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.”
The process for checking out a library book is easy. Just go to the website of your local library, enter your library card number, select a title, click “Send to Kindle”, and plug in your Amazon.com login info.
So what do you think? Is this the future of book lending?
- Amazon Launches Kindle Integration With Public Libraries (pcworld.com)
- You Can Now Borrow Kindle Books in Over 11,000 U.S. Libraries (inquisitr.com)