Amazon.com plans to launch a new service later this year in which Kindle users can borrow digital books from 11,000 U.S. libraries. Dubbed Kindle Library Lending, the service will be available for all Kindle devices and apps. Essentially, the service will allow users to check out a digital book from a local library.
Of course, a program of this nature could cut into digital book sales. But those sales continue to soar, surpassing printed books, according to a recent report from the Association of American Publishers.
The new service is being rolled out in conjunction with OverDrive, which provides digital content technologies to public libraries.