Library members will soon be able to rent digital books for the Kindle eReader, thanks to Amazon.
Launching later this year for Kindle hardware and free Kindle app users, the Kindle Lending Library will let you borrow eBooks from more than 11,000 U.S. libraries. It will be compatible with all Kindle models and apps. Using the service, you’ll be able to check out books, read them on your smartphone, tablet PC or eReader. Readers can also add both notes and bookmarks, which will remain visible each time the book is borrowed, or when eventually purchased.
“We’re excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. 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, perfectly Whispersynced.”