When the first talk of Amazon adding a virtual library to Kindle hit the news in April, there was speculation as to whether having access to an electronic library on Kindle would be the beginning of the demise of public libraries or not. However, for now at least, it looks like the two are closely working hand in hand, something that is undoubtedly a lifesaver for public libraries across the board.
Currently there are 11,000 libraries that are Kindle-compatible, allowing library members access to hundreds of thousands of books that can be checked out in true library fashion. All you need is your library card and your Kindle.
“We’re doing a little something extra here,” says Amazon’s Kindle director. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no,” but with the Kindle, you can highlight text and add notes to your heart’s content—and if you ever check out the book again, all those notes, and any bookmarks you’ve placed, will be intact. Other borrowers won’t see them.
It doesn’t stop there, though. Not only are you able to check out books, you can also highlight them, make notes in margins, and do all the other things that are “forbidden” when you’re checking out a physical library book. And to put the icing on the cake – Amazon will save all of that information for you, so if you return the book and then re-check it out all of your scribbles and highlights are still there.
Amazon made the following statement regarding the release of the Kindle-library partnership:
“Customers will use their local library’s website to search for and select a book to borrow. Once they choose a book, customers can choose to “Send to Kindle” and will be redirected to Amazon.com to login to their Amazon.com account and the book will be delivered to the device they select via Wi-Fi, or can be transferred via USB.
Customers can check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, as well as in their web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.”
One catch, though, is that Amazon has not currently given out the libraries that are partnering with them to provide the electronic books.
You can, however, find out if your local library is participating by going to the library or the library’s website, or you can go to Overdrive.com to see if your library is listed as one of the participants.
The integration of electronic libraries is just one step that has furthered Kindle in its quest to remain the dominant e-reader. Currently, Kindle is leading the pack by over 50%, with the Barnes and Noble Nook coming in second with a little over 20%.
It will be interesting to see who does what next in the world of e-readers, tablets, and of course actual public libraries and hard copies of books.
Guest Author: This is a guest article from Laura Backes. She enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet providers in my area. You can reach her at: laurabackes8 @ gmail . com