Borrowing Kindle e-Books at Libraries Begins

By Raymond Wong
|  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011  |  Updated 12:02 PM PDT
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Borrowing Kindle e-Books at Libraries Begins

Borrowing an e-book from a local library requires only a visit to its website and a working library card.

All your e-books are belong to us. That sums up Amazon's Library Lending service pretty well. Get ready to borrow all the free e-books your Kindle (or Kindle app) can handle, because the service is live, as of Wednesday.

Going to the library is something of a trip, or adventure, depending on how you look at it. Our generation doesn't go to library because we have the Internet and we read most of our books on e-readers or through e-book apps on tablets, smartphones and laptops.

Back in April, Amazon unveiled its plan to allow Kindle and Kindle apps to borrow books from libraries. The only downside was having to actually go to a physical library.

That's no more. Borrowing an e-book from a local library requires only a visit to its website and a working library card. The service even syncs up all digital bookmarks and notes you make on each e-book via Whispersync technology, forever. That's handy!

"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 Amazon.com to login to their Amazon.com account and the book will be delivered to the device they select via Wi-Fi, or can be transferred via USB. Customers can check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, as well as in their web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader."

TheKindle tablet is sure to push e-reader and e-book consumption over the top even more when it launches, but we'll just say that it's never been a greater time to be a Kindle user. Free e-books! How can it get any better than that?

To check if your local library supports borrowing Kindle e-boooks, check here.

Via Amazon

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