Love your local library and own a Kindle? Then you will love this new feature from Amazon. Amazon announced yesterday their plan to start a new feature, Kindle Library Lending, that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. The feature is reported to be launched later this year. The feature will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps. One of the best part of the new feature is that if the book is checked out again or purchased from Amazon, all annotation and bookmarks will be preserved.

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“We’re excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries,” said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. “Customers tell us they love Kindle for its Pearl e-ink display that is easy to read even in bright sunlight, up to a month of battery life, and Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps.”

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. 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, perfectly Whispersynced.”Source:

The feature will be a result of Amazon working with OverDrive, the leading provider of digital content solutions for over 11,000 public and educational libraries in the United States.

Personally, I look forward to the feature and hope that my local libraries are on it. This might be the next big thing in e-books and e-book readers.