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Kindle Users Will Be Able To Borrow eBooks From Libraries

April 20, 2011

Amazon announced on Wednesday that it will start allowing users of the Kindle to borrow ebooks from many US public libraries later on this year.

Amazon said that Kindle owners will be able to borrow ebooks from 11,000 libraries and make electronic annotations in the books but did not give the exact timing of the service’s launch.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Jay Marine, Amazon’s Kindle director, said in a statement. “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.

Amazon introduced the Kindle in 2007 and has priced most of the ebooks it sells for less than $9.99 to speed up adoption and ward off competition from devices like Barnes & Noble Inc.’s Nook and Apple Inc.’s iPad.

Amazon is working with OverDrive, the leading provider of digital content solutions for over 11,000 public and educational libraries in the U.S.

“We are excited to be working with Amazon to offer Kindle Library Lending to the millions of customers who read on Kindle and Kindle apps,” Steve Potash, CEO, OverDrive, said in a statement. “We hear librarians and patrons rave about Kindle, so we are thrilled that we can be part of bringing library books to the unparalleled experience of reading on Kindle.”

Barnes & Noble introduced library lending in October 2009, which was at the same time it launched Nook.

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