No Way! Kindle owners CAN borrow books from public libraries

April 20th, 2011 · by spolanka · 3 Comments

I never thought I’d see the day!  Great news Amazon and OverDrive. News release from Kindle here.

From a Publishers Weekly article:  Amazon announced this morning that Kindle owners will soon be able to borrow books from public libraries. Working with vendor OverDrive, which manages e-book lending for the vast majority of public libraries, the deal will make thousands of titles available via more than 11,000 of OverDrive’s public library partners. To date, Kindle has been noticeably absent from library lending, as OverDrive’s service worked only with ePub-enabled devices, including the Sony Reader, the Nook, iPads, and smartphones. Amazon officials said that with Kindle Library Lending, library-ebooks managed by OverDrive will now be available for all generations of Kindle devices and for use with free Kindle reading apps on most other devices, including Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.

The service will launch later this year.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thad McIlroy, The Future of Publishing // Apr 21, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Not a moment too soon. But great news…

  • 2 Deb Czarnik // Apr 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

    The persistence and persuasion of librarians and library users has paid off, and should never be underestimated!

  • 3 Sylvia Morris // Apr 25, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Good news certain to boost sales of Kindle to library users. Why has it taken so long?