Amazon introduces library lending for Kindle books

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.

John Cook is co-founder of GeekWire. Follow on Twitter: @geekwirenews and Facebook.

  • John W Baxter

    Interesting Geekwire strategy: the RSS feed shows more of the post than the web site does.

    • johnhcook

      Hi John. Not a real strategy, but maybe we’ll look into that. :) I actually had information from the Amazon press release which I cut out.

  • http://www.intrinsicstrategy.com FrankCatalano

    This will be interesting, considering that some publishers are now trying to limit the number of checkouts libraries get for each licensed copy of an eBook in an attempt to secure more re-licensing revenue.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Amazon on this launch!