Amazon’s Kindle ebook hardware and the free Kindle ebook reader software for a wide variety of desktop and mobile platforms succeeded in making ebook reading the norm instead of a tech-geek-only activity. For all of the convenience and even cost savings the Kindle has brought, it has not been able to to be involved in one of the most basic activities related to physical books: Borrowing one. This, however, will be remedied soon according to the information in this press release from Amazon.
Here are the key points related to the Kindle Library Lending feature when it rolls out later this year:
– 11,000+ libraries in the U.S. will participate
– ebook lending will work with all Kindle hardware editions and the free Kindle reading software for various platforms
– Notes and highlights will survive between borrowing sessions (if an ebook is borrowed more than once) or buying an ebook after borrowing it
Amazon is working with digital content distribution solutions firm OverDrive for its lending system.