Kindle Library Lending

Amazon Kindles aren’t the only e-reader out there, but a lot of people have them. How many? They won’t tell us exactly, but it’s a lot — according to Amazon, anyway. More than half my family has them, I have one, my best friend has one … the odds are good that someone you know does as well.

And if you’re a Kindle user, you know that Amazon started allowing users to lend out books for two weeks at a time a while back. Now the company has taken the next step, announcing that soon Kindle e-books will be available at local libraries in a program they call Kindle Library Lending.

It’s not a new concept, checking out e-books: OverDrive has been lending out books on behalf of libraries for some time. But Kindle users get a different experience.

What makes it different? Well, Kindle borrowers can make notes and highlights in their checked-out books from the library. And, if they want to check the book out again or buy it, their notations will be right where they left them. Amazon will also partner with OverDrive.

The usual time period for check-outs with OverDrive is 14 days with a maximum of six books checked out at a time. There are more than 11,000 libraries that participate in the program in the U.S., and people with all generations of Kindle will be able to start borrowing.

All that comes to my mind is excitement, and the thought of reading FREE books on my Kindle, borrowed from my local library. But I have to wait a little longer; the program launches later this year, but no fixed date has been set.

With this new avenue to pursue for reading material, and with e-book sales surpassing print book sales, will you invest in a Kindle this year?