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Amazon Adopting Book Lending With Libraries

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Amazon Book Lending Now A Go

Amazon has just announced Kindle Library Lending, a new service that will allow Kindle owners to borrow and check out books from locally equipped libraries!

What a fab idea, keep those libraries going!

Not only that, but upon borrowing a book, you'll be able to annotate it with Whispersync technology — and that's cool because you can't really do that with a physical library book without getting a beat-down by a librarian with glasses. Ha!

This also means that you won't have to wait until books are returned to check them out. Pretty freakin' great idea, if you ask us!

Hey Kindle owners! Will U be using this feature??

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12 comments to “Amazon Adopting Book Lending With Libraries”

  1. 1


    Perez, you are getting ridiculous.

  2. 2

    Nook was already doing this

  3. 3

    This is a great idea for the consumer, but I can't help but wonder how Amazon will keep from losing money?

    I mean the logical train of thought is that if a Kindle owner digitally borrows a book from a local library, then they will not buy said book from Amazon. Unless they are charging to use the digital library service?

  4. 4

    yea uhm nook is already doing this and you can borrow books from friends. and you can also get android apps on you're nook. so until kindle can catch up im sure nook is ahead.

  5. 5

    The services already exists from most local libraries and is provided by the same company that will provide it to amazon. I already get my ebooks free online from my local library. This is not such a good idea for libraries, publishers and authors. Not sure what amazon gets out of this except less people buying books. Books are a one time think for most people. No reason to buy what you already get for free.

  6. 6

    Great idea! People who read will still keep buying books as well.

  7. 7

    Woo hoo! I know you can borrow from another person with nook, but I don't think you can borrow from an actual library. This is a fantastic idea!

  8. 8

    Kindle is just catching up with the nook with this. I have a Kindle and I will definitely check this out.

  9. 9

    Nook has been doing this forever…as has every other e-reader on the market. Kindle is seriously the last one. They benefit by more kindle sales. When I was purchasing my e-reader library borrowing was the deal breaker for me and the reason I went with nook! You just have to find a library who lends ebooks and sign up.

    Oh, and you do have to wait for the ebook to be returned before you can borrow it.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: ParisIsBurning – That doesn't happen when I log in. Do you get the pop-up ads too?

  11. 11

    This sounds awesome! I'll totally use this!

  12. LadyM says – reply to this


    "This also means that you won't have to wait until books are returned to check them out. "
    Actually this is wrong…the service Overdrive that the libraries use does not allow an unlimited number users check out each book at a time. One or two users at a time can check out a title and the others can be put on a waiting list until it gets "returned". So you will still have to wait…especially for popular titles.