A couple of days back, Amazon announced that Kindle and Kindle app users can now avail of Kindle books from over 11,000 local libraries in the U.S. When borrowing books, Amazon’s Whispersync technology will help auto-store and synchronize bookmarks along with margin notes and also highlights. These will help users pick up from where they left should they decide to check or purchase the book later.
Retaining distinct features of their much loved Kindle books, users can also take advantage of real page numbers along with Twitter and Facebook integration. Using a local library’s website, they can now start searching for a book they wish to borrow. After nailing down on a book, the ‘Send to Kindle’ option allows it to be steered straight to Amazon.com. By logging in to their Amazon account, avid readers can have the selected book delivered on their device through Wi-Fi. A USB should also help facilitate the transfer.
“Starting today, millions of Kindle customers can borrow Kindle books from their local libraries,” shared Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. “Libraries are a critical part of our communities and we’re excited to be making Kindle books available at more than 11,000 local libraries around the country. We’re even doing a little extra here – normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re fixing this by extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book or if you decide to buy the book.”
The unique feature list for Kindle books even when borrowed from a local library, includes popular highlights revealing the thoughts of Kindle readers on interesting passages in a particular book and public notes. The latter makes sharing notes among other readers a breeze. Users can seamlessly read a Kindle book they’ve borrowed from their local library on any Kindle device. The free Kindle app for Android, Apple devices, BlackBerry or Windows Phone along with Kindle Cloud Reader also supports this new introduction.
Local library websites should allow users to begin checking out Kindle library books.