The Kindle is a Wi-Fi--enabled handheld device using Kindle software to allow the user to download and enjoy digitised text, simulating the act of reading from paper. Currently, a Kindle user can purchase and download e-books directly from the Amazon Kindle store, but soon they'll also have the ability to check out e-books directly from their local library, thanks to Kindle Library Lending program.
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Kindle Library Lending Program
Kindle Library Lending is a program slated to launch in 2011 that will allow users to borrow e-books from over 11,000 different libraries in the United States. Any Kindle user, regardless of whether they have a Kindle device or a Kindle app on another device, will have access to this new Kindle Library Lending program without the need to upgrade hardware.
Kindle Library Lending Process
The user will be able to simply walk into their local library, connect to the Internet through the library's wireless network, and check out an e-book from that library's selection just as they would a regular book. Once a book is checked out, it becomes available to read immediately. As an added bonus, if the user ever buys a book from the Kindle store that they've previously checked out from a library, any personal notes that they made in the library's copy are automatically transferred to the purchased copy.
Stipulations and Limitations
Each of the 11,000 libraries participating in the program will have their own unique selection of books available as well their own policies regarding how long a book can be borrowed. Kindle is currently working with Overdrive, a provider of digital content for libraries, to bring this program to as many libraries as possible.
Kindle Apps for Smartphones and Tablets
If you do not currently own a Kindle, you can still take advantage of Kindle Library Lending, as well as all other Kindle features, by downloading the appropriate Kindle app for your Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac or Windows Phone.
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