Amazon is partnering with libraries all over the United States to implement “Kindle Lending for Libraries” later this year. This new project will allow you to borrow Kindle eBooks from over 11,000 different libraries. You can then have these books sent to your Kindle e-Reader or any of the Kindle applications for Android, iOS, Blackberry, and more.
Amazon is working with OverDrive, the leading provider of digital content solutions for over 11,000 public and educational libraries in the United States, to bring a seamless library borrowing experience to Kindle customers. “We are excited to be working with Amazon to offer Kindle Library Lending to the millions of customers who read on Kindle and Kindle apps,” said Steve Potash, CEO, OverDrive. “We hear librarians and patrons rave about Kindle, so we are thrilled that we can be part of bringing library books to the unparalleled experience of reading on Kindle.”
This is a great move for Amazon because currently there is no format for borrowing books through the Kindle. Most of the formats available to download are in ePub or PDF. This makes most books (until Amazon launches their service later on the year) incompatible with Kindle e-readers, which make up for most of the e-reader segment.
via Press Release