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Amazon is preparing a new service called Kindle Lending Library that will allow users of its popular e-reader to check out Amazonian ebooks from 11,000 neighborhood and educational libraries. "We're excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries," said Amazon Kindle …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Go

    Excellent...

    ....no more bogies wiped on the books.

    1. chris 233
      Coat

      Re: Excellent...

      ... except your own of course!

  2. Paul George
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    Kindle on iPad

    Amazon has a Kindle app for the iPad as well. Free. You do have to hunt for it however.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I smell ...

    ... BTA.

  4. DaiKiwi

    Any royalties for authors though?

    The USA, unlike the civilized world, does not have any public lending right.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      I believe you just answered your own question

      'Doh!

  5. Mike VandeVelde
    WTF?

    HarperCollins

    Does this have anything to do with HarperCollins saying libraries have to purchase a new digital copy every time they lend the old one out 26 times? Introducing an artificial "tattering" to prop up their business model? What does this cost the libraries?

    http://www.reghardware.com/2011/03/02/library_e_books_get_time_limit/

  6. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Fixed it for you.

    "and which provides ebook library-lending services to owners of the Sony Reader, a petite and superior device but less successful than Amazon's Kindle."

    I have been using library lending in the UK, for free on my EPUB reader for the last year, whilst braindead Kindle owners have been buying their copies....

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      wait is that a library book on my Kindle ....

      ... oh yes it is - easy enough to do with a quick google and then running it through Calibre. I have no qualms about doing this as my taxes go to the library and I delete the book after.

      What trolls like the above do not tell you is it is not instant lending. You have to go in to a queue until the book is free, and as this can be up to 3 weeks per person in the queue before you, prepare to wait a month or two before you actually get the book.

  7. A J Stiles
    Pirate

    Hmm

    Seeing as digital copies are, to all intents and purpose, infinitely durable and infinitely abundant, there is no reason -- other than mean-spiritedness -- for the borrower to have to "return" them after the loan period.

    (The local council-run, paper book library don't know that I'm not photocopying everything I borrow, apart from that that would be insanely expensive compared to just buying my own copies of the books.)

  8. Rick Brasche
    FAIL

    so if my kindle is only wifi enabled

    so if my kindle only runs wifi, I'm hosed because I cannot connect to their cellphone based network?

    1. A handle is required
      Stop

      Where do you see that?

      Whispersync can be accessed through WiFi too.

  9. jim 45

    is it just me?

    I don't understand this announcement and haven't found any coverage adequately explaining it. My local library already has ePub books, for which I assume they paid the publishers. Will Kindle now accept them? Or is Amazon thinking that libraries will now happily buy the same books again in Kindle format?

  10. jim 45

    another thing...

    This article omits the fact that libraries' ePub/Overdrive books are already supported on the Nook and are a major reason for its success against Kindle.

  11. lucky charm
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    Amazon

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