Amazon.com readies e-book lending service

Amazon.com readies e-book lending service

Amazon.com has announced a new service allowing Kindle books to be borrowed from US libraries.

The internet retail giant has linked up with Overdrive, which provides digital content to 11,000 US libraries and educational institutions, to create the Kindle Library Lending service. When the service launches later this year, customers will be able to check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any Kindle device or free Kindle app. The service also allows loaned Kindle e-books to be annotated on their e-reading device. The next time the e-book is checked out by the same user, their margin notes will have been saved and appear again.

Steve Potash, c.e.o of OverDrive, said:  "We are excited to be working with Amazon to offer Kindle Library Lending to the millions of customers who read on Kindle and Kindle apps.

“We hear librarians and patrons rave about Kindle, so we are thrilled that we can be part of bringing library books to the unparalleled experience of reading on Kindle."

A spokeswoman for Amazon.co.uk declined to confirm if Kindle Library Lending service would be coming to the UK. She said: “We don’t talk about future plans.”