Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kindle Getting Library Lending – Enhanced Overdrive Support

One of the last disadvantages of the Kindle compared to other true e-Ink readers is being eliminated by Amazon – Later this year, the Kindle will have the ability to check out library e-books onto their Kindle.  And it will include some enhanced features not available on other e-Readers.


Amazon announced “Kindle Library Lending” today, a new feature that will allow Kindle users to borrow Kindle books from any U.S. library that supports the Overdrive platform (currently over 11,000 libraries in the United States.)  This free new feature is planned for later this year and will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.

Enhanced Features for Library Books

Kindle users 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. As an added feature, you can annotate and bookmark your borrowed library book and if you check that book out again or if that book is purchased from Amazon, all of your annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.  You will also be able to sync that borrowed book across your different Kindle devices so you can read on the Kindle and pick up where you left off on your iPhone or Android phone while on the move.

Amazon Press Release

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