Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kindle to start borrowing from libraries

Amazon just announced "Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States." Press Release here

Of course, you don't need a Kindle in order to have access to the its content - i-anything-with-a-screen, most smartphones and all computers can run the Kindle application.

Why would you want to run a Kindle app without a Kindle?
Well because you can take notes in margins, underline and virtually highlight a document to your heart's content. Moreover if you do it with a "library Kindle book" should you check it out again the annotations will still be there (locked to your account, not other patron's).

I'm wondering if there will be a wait list for Kindle books from libraries. A few summers back I tried the "free from home audio book" service NJ libraries are enrolled in. It was awful since wait times for audio books were often longer than the print version.

By all accounts the Kindle has been a tremendous success so I imagine they'll get this right. The only oddball thing they've done was launch the $25 cheaper Kindle with permanent pop-ups. A Kindle is an investment to be kept for years. Won't you be sitting around a year from now wishing you'd ponied up the extra $25 to banish banner ads instead of super sizing lunch all week?


Katie said...

Wow - this is cool. Thank you for sharing! I've often wondered about getting a Kindle and the library feature may be the deciding factor.