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Borrow books from the library on your Kindle later this year  (Source: Amazon)
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Amazon is talking up a new service for the popular eReader called Kindle Library Lending. The service is just what it sounds like; you can go to your local participating library and check out an eBook to read at home. The eBooks will eventually expire, but while the user has the book, they can read it all they want and even make digital notes on the margins of the book.

If the reader goes back to the library and checks out the same title again, their digital notes will be associated with the book again. If the user liked the book so much they want to purchase, the notes will be there on the paid version too.

“Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no,” Jay Marine, director of Amazon Kindle, wrote in an April 20 statement. “Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them.”

Amazon isn’t offering a specific date for launching the lending service. It only says that the service will launch later in 2011. It will launch with about 11,000 books that the reader can borrow at all sorts of libraries around America. It’s not clear what sort of tech the library would need to purchase to use the feature.

The lending service will work with the new ad-supported Kindle too.



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heh
By sprockkets on 4/21/2011 2:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
I guess this negates the advantage the other ereaders had. Nice to see this addressed




RE: heh
By GulWestfale on 4/21/2011 9:31:55 PM , Rating: 2
yes, but much bigger news is that amazon has finally launched a german kindle store!
they sell both german and english titles, and they have increased royalty rates for authors to 70% in Canada.
this is the really good news, as far as i'm concerned.

and now for the obligatory self-promoting links:
http://www.amazon.de/-/e/B003Z64XSG

http://www.amazon.com/Sascha-von-Bornheim/e/B003Z6...


RE: heh
By KoolAidMan1 on 4/22/2011 4:50:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yup. No library lending is one of the few things I could concede was an issue with the Kindle. It is really cool that lending is finally going to happen.


Got it wrong
By RudisillDR on 4/23/2011 1:12:03 PM , Rating: 2
I think the author got it wrong with the statement "you can go to your local participating library and check out an eBook to read at home."

That suggests a trip to a physical library, rather than downloading over the Internet, which is the way that the Overdrive service works.




RE: Got it wrong
By wordsworm on 4/25/2011 1:45:33 AM , Rating: 2
This article definitely made my skin crawl. I try not to be a grammar Israeli, but this one was a bit difficult to swallow. They really ought to hire an editor.

In any case, I hope this works well enough to make it to Canada... that would be one hell of an awesome feature.


RE: Got it wrong
By wordsworm on 4/25/2011 1:45:39 AM , Rating: 2
This article definitely made my skin crawl. I try not to be a grammar Israeli, but this one was a bit difficult to swallow. They really ought to hire an editor.

In any case, I hope this works well enough to make it to Canada... that would be one hell of an awesome feature.


"11,000 books"
By micksh on 4/21/2011 1:58:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yesterday morning I read that there are 11,000 libraries going to participate in the project.
Has something changed or each library can only lend one book?
"All sorts of libraries" or only public ones?




RE: "11,000 books"
By Smartless on 4/21/2011 3:22:45 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure its a typo in this article since the source says 11,000 libraries.

In any case, that's great. I have a Kindle and sometimes wonder if I should have gotten a Nook or something.


Not clear what tech is needed???
By spwrozek on 4/21/2011 3:21:57 PM , Rating: 2
http://articles.cnn.com/2011-04-20/tech/amazon.kin...

The library has to be a member of OverDrive and you have to be a member of the library.

Go here and put in your zip code to see if you library participates. http://overdrivesearch.com/

Not sure how you couldn't find this information.

I am pretty excited about the process, can't wait for the launch date. I will end up checking out more books which may lead to purchases if I like the author.




ebook format?
By isayisay on 4/21/2011 5:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
Is the ebook formatted only for the Kindle? In other words, if the library already has ebooks for use with the Nook then, for the same book will they need to purchase a Nook and Kindle ebook version?

(I know there are formatting differences between Nook and Kindle, just trying to understand the library approach)




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