Libraries Can Now Loan E-books to Amazon Kindles

Amazon announced today that 11,000 libraries around the nation are now able to loan e-books to Amazon Kindles thanks to a partnership between the online retailer and OverDrive.com, a company that provides e-books to libraries around the world.

"Kindle compatibility will allow public and school libraries to serve millions of new readers and extend their valuable community role while providing an outstanding reading experience," OverDrive CEO Steve Potash said in a statement. "This addition helps public libraries accelerate their drive to become the first online stop for e-books.”

Per Amazon, readers will use their local library's website to search for and select a book to borrow. Once they choose a book, library patrons can choose "Send to Kindle" and then login to their Amazon.com account. The book will be delivered to the device they select via Wi-Fi, or it can be transferred via USB.

Today marks the first time readers have been able to borrow an e-book using the Amazon Kindle. The Kindle provides features that other e-book devices do not, such as the ability to highlight passages, add notes, and bookmark pages. Readers can also share favorite passages with friends via popular social networking sites, review highlights, and post book notes to a public forum to learn what other readers think.

"This is a welcome day for Kindle users in libraries everywhere and especially our Kindle users here at The Seattle Public Library," Marcellus Turner, city librarian for The Seattle Public Library said in a statement. "We're thrilled that Amazon is offering such a new approach to library e-books that enhances the reader experience."

Intrigued? Visit OverDrive.com to learn which libraries are able to loan e-books to Amazon Kindles.

Source: PCWorld, Photo: morgueFile.com


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