Amazon Kindle to support library lending; Closes gap with Sony, Barnes & Noble

Amazon said it will close its library lending gap with other e-readers. The company will work with Overdrive to enable Kindle library book lending.

Amazon on Wednesday said it will close its library lending gap with other e-readers.

The company announced a new feature called Kindle Library Lending, which will launch later this year. Kindle users will be able to borrow Kindle books from 11,000 libraries.

Amazon's move comes a bit late. Sony has a library program and so does Barnes & Noble's Nook via a service called Overdrive. In fact, Amazon will also work with Overdrive, but add a few perks to its library program.

  • Library books will be able to be checked out and read on all Kindle apps.
  • If a book is purchased, its notes and bookmarks will be preserved.
  • Amazon's Whispersync will enable margin notes and highlights on library books. These notes disappear when another person checks out a book. If you check the book out again your notes reappear.

In the big picture, Amazon is making Overdrive a standard of sorts. Overdrive supports Apple's iPad, the Kindle, Kobo's e-reader. Barnes & Noble, Sony, Pandigital and other vendors. Now Amazon's Kindle format is likely to become a library staple just due to market heft.