Amazon has officially cut the ribbon on its library lending program for Kindle. If you live near one of the more than 11,000 participating local libraries and have a library card, you can check out eBooks from your Kindle or Kindle app similar to the way you borrow dead tree equivalents, only you don't need to leave your couch.
To use the feature, your local library has to offer digital services from OverDrive. If it does, you can login and check out a Kindle book using a valid library card. Clicking on "Get for Kindle" redirects you to the Kindle Store, where you can sign in to your account and have the book delivered to your Kindle or Kindle app.
"Starting today, millions of Kindle customers can borrow Kindle books from their local libraries," said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. "Libraries are a critical part of our communities and we're excited to be making Kindle books available at more than 11,000 local libraries around the country. We're even doing a little extra here - normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we're fixing this by extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book or if you decide to buy the book."
Other highlights in addition to Whispersync technology include 'Real Page Numbers' that correspond to actual print editions, Facebook and Twitter integration, 'Popular Highlights' to see what the Kindle community at large has deemed the most interesting passages in your books, and the ability to share notes with others.