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November 3, 2011

Amazon Launches Free Kindle E-Book Lending

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Amazon on Thursday launched the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, which will let customers with an Amazon Prime membership borrow e-books for free.

The new program will start out by offering 5,000 titles free-of-charge to Kindle e-reader and app owners with a $79 annual Amazon Prime membership. Titles include Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair GameThe Big Short and Liars' Poker by Michael Lewis, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Amazon said available e-books will come from "a range of publishers under a variety of terms," though the Wall Street Journal said the six largest U.S. publishers are not participating due to concern over future sales.

The company said that in most cases, Amazon has worked out deals with publishers to include the book for a fixed fee while others will be paid each time it is borrowed. Users can borrow one e-book at a time, and any notes or bookmarks will be saved if you re-borrow the book down the road.



September 21, 2011

Kindle Library E-Book Lending Goes Live

Amazon on Wednesday formally launched its library book lending program, which allows Kindle and Kindle app users to borrow e-books from more than 11,000 libraries in the United States.

To borrow e-books, Kindle users will visit their local library's Web site and search for the book they want. They will check out using a valid library card, and then select the "Send to Kindle" option. At that point, users will be re-directed to Amazon.com, where they must sign in with their Amazon account. The book will then be transferred via Wi-Fi or USB (not 3G). Amazon is working with OverDrive for the feature, a company that specializes in library e-book rentals.



April 20, 2011

Amazon Unveils Kindle Lending Library

By Chloe Albanesius

Amazon announced Wednesday that Kindle users will soon be able to borrow e-books from their local libraries via the e-book reader and its related apps.

The Kindle Lending Library will launch later this year, and will allow Kindle customers to borrow books from more than 11,000 libraries in the U.S. The offer will apply to all generations of Kindle e-books and Kindle reading apps.

Unlike physical library books, users will be able to make notes in the margins of their borrowed e-books. When they "return" it, those notes will not be visible to the next borrower, but if the customer checks the book out again or decides to buy it, their notes will remain intact.