The online retailer has partnered with Overdrive to offer digital lending to readers.

Amazon and digital content distributor Overdrive have quietly launched beta testing for their new ‘Public Library Books for Kindle’ service. Currently available at the Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System, it will eventually be offered to patrons of over 11,000 libraries across the United States. Here are the instructions, from Amazon’s new help page:

Visit the website of a U.S. library that offers digital services from OverDrive. Check out a Kindle book (library card required). Click on “Get for Kindle.” You will then be directed to Amazon.com to redeem your public library loan. You may be required to login to your Amazon.com account — or create a new account — if you’re not already logged in. Choose to read the book on your Kindle device, free reading app, or Kindle Cloud Reader.

To download a library ebook, users will require an active Wi-Fi connection as delivery via Kindle’s 3G connection is not supported. If the person later decides to buy the book from Amazon or check it out for another read, the “Whispersync” technology will preserve any digital notes, highlights or bookmarks they made.

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