Amazon To Let Local Libraries Lend E-Books
Readers will now be able to borrow books from libraries using only their Kindles
In the near future, Amazon Kindle owners will be able to check out and renew borrowed e-books using only their devices at 11,000 local libraries. With e-books becoming the single bestselling format in American publishing for the first time, it only makes sense to make them available through as many channels as possible.
The ability to renew borrowed books, which is a departure from Amazon’s original lending feature, is more in line with what libraries already do and gives readers more freedom for how they choose to read the books they borrow. Readers will also have access to the ‘mark ups’ and annotations of prior borrowers simulating the library experience of borrowing a previously read book.