September 21, 2011
Amazon Brings Library Books To The Kindle
Amazon.com announced on Wednesday that its Kindle and Kindle app users can now borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the U.S.
"Starting today, millions of Kindle customers can borrow Kindle books from their local libraries," Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle, said in a press release. "Libraries are a critical part of our communities and we're excited to be making Kindle books available at more than 11,000 local libraries around the country."
Users can go to their local library's website to search for and select a book to borrow.
Once a user selects a book, they can then choose to "Send to Kindle", which redirects them to Amazon.com to login to their account for the book to be delivered to their device.
"This is a welcome day for Kindle users in libraries everywhere and especially our Kindle users here at The Seattle Public Library," Marcellus Turner, city librarian for The Seattle Public Library, said in a press release. "We're thrilled that Amazon is offering such a new approach to library ebooks that enhances the reader experience."
Users will be able to take advantage of all the features Kindle books has to offer as well, including Facebook and Twitter integration and its Whispersync Technology.
"We're even doing a little extra here -- normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no," said Marine. "But we're fixing this by extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book or if you decide to buy the book."
Customers will be able to use either their Kindle devices, or the free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry or Windows Phone.
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