Amazon rolls out Kindle library lending service


Want to write in the margins of your library books? No problem, now that you can check out books on a Kindle app. Amazon announced that starting today, more than 11,000 libraries will be able to loan out Kindle books to readers. The Kindle library books will include all the e-reader’s signature features, including Whispersync, which automatically syncs up any digital notes, bookmarks, or highlights you might make — and even cooler, all of your notes will be available the next time you check out that particular title.

You don’t need to have an actual Kindle device, although you do need an account. Library books will be available via Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, as well as in your web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader. Amazon lays out the whole borrowing process:

Customers will use their local library’s website to search for and select a book to borrow. Once they choose a book, customers can choose to “Send to Kindle” and will be redirected to to login to their account and the book will be delivered to the device they select via Wi-Fi, or can be transferred via USB.

Books will be deleted from your device once the lending period (typically two weeks) is over. While the new lending capabilities are pretty exciting, only a fraction of Amazon’s digital titles will be available through libraries. Plus, other devices have had library loan access for a while via the OverDrive app — but maybe without Amazon’s bells and whistles.

In any case, check your library’s website for availability and tell us about the selection! Amazon said earlier that there would be strict limits on what types of books would be available for library loan, but we’ll see if that changes.

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  • Nicole


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  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Yippeee!!!! I love my Kindle so much!

  • lori

    This just made my day!

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  • book lover

    Interesting- of course, you’ve been able to do this for almost 2 years with Barnes and Noble’s nook.

    • @book lover

      Thankfully, the superiority of the Kindle has made it worth it anyway.

  • AuntieMM

    Cool but mine doesn’t offer it yet. They do lend Kindles preloaded with limited titles so hopefully they’ll get on board with this, too.

  • Templar

    My library has had Kindle for quite some time. I guess I didn’t realize it wasn’t generally available.

  • Laytee

    I can still get more books from more places with my nook.

  • amy

    No thanks! I like real books. Like the feel of them and smell of old books! Reminds me of my Grandpa, he loved books too.

    • Jan

      It’s possible to love both real books and e-readers.

    • D

      I was reading a story about how a guy returned some precious old books to a library and he stupidly infested the library with bedbugs. It could happen.

  • D

    Very cool, Amazon!

  • Nita

    Can’t tell you how much I’ve been waiting for this. Just downloaded first 2 library books — gotta go read now! Thanks publishers and Amazon!

  • Denise

    I have been waiting all year for this! Almost made me wish I had gotten a Nook instead. Yay!

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