Amazon Kindle Books Available at over 11,000 Libraries in the USA

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Amazon and Overdrive have been collaborating for the last year on a system that would allow Kindle Books to be borrowed from public libraries. Today Amazon announced that it is rolling out its borrowing service to over 11,000 public libraries in the USA.

If you are in possession of an Amazon Kindle e-Reader, you can finally borrow books from public libraries that do business with Overdrive. You can enjoy all of the features that are available to you when you read books. You can take notes, add highlights, and make annotations. Twitter and Facebook are prevalent on borrowed books as well! Tweet or update your status to a specific passage you are reading or inform your friends you are reading a particular book.

So how does the library lending system work? You will use the library website and you of course need a library card. Once you find a book you want to borrow you can choose “Send to Kindle.” Then a redirection will occur to your account and it will be sent automatically with Whispernet. If you do not have a 3G or wireless connection you can transfer it via USB.

The library lending for Amazon is not exclusively limited to the Kindle. If you have an Android or iOS device with the official Amazon Kindle App, you can also have the books delivered.

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

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  • Ryno Bones

    This is pretty cool.  Checked my library when I got home from work and we’re Kindle ready!  Now comes the tough decision.:  Do I want to read the EPUB on my NC or the…//Are they AZN or MOBI?// on the Kindle?