Amazon Unveils Library Lending Program

Amazon’s Kindle is about to become a little more like your local library.

The company on Wednesday unveiled Kindle Library Lending, which allows customers to borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 U.S. public libraries.

Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps later this year. If a Kindle book is checked out more than once or that book is purchased from Amazon, all of a customer’s annotations and bookmarks will be preserved via Kindle’s Whispersync technology that wirelessly syncs books, notes, highlights and marks the last page read.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Amazon Kindle director Jay Marine said. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology … Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them.”

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