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Amazon Introduces Library Lending, For ALL Platforms

We are entering a new era, folks. Amazon has announced today that they will have a new service called Kindle Library Lending. KLL is a new feature that will launch later this year, letting Kindle customers borrow books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States, digitally. The Kindle Library will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps. If there is anything that could make you respect Amazon, it should be this.

Once a customer checks out his or her favorite Kindle book from the local library, that person can then begin reading on any Kindle device or through the free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, Blackberry, or Windows Phone. If the consumer wants to purchase the book or check it out again, all annotations and bookmarks will be preserved. Ah, digital at last!

By extending the Kindle service to all platforms, Amazon may have just outdone Barnes and Noble, once and for all. I wonder if Amazon should get all the credit though. Remember how Google wanted to make orphaned publications available to everyone for free but couldn’t get the courts to agree? This may just be Amazon’s response, the legal way. I am pretty sure the two events are related, but in any case, who cares? Free books! Take a look at the Kindle commercials below to absorb some more of that feel-good vibe! See Amazon’s press-release, here.

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