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Kindle Books Now Available at Local Libraries

We’re excited to tell you that starting today, Kindle and Kindle app customers can borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the United States.  When you borrow a Kindle book from your local library, you’ll find all the unique features you love about Kindle books:

-    Whispersync automatically syncs your margin notes, highlights and bookmarks – even once you return a Kindle book to your library, we’re going to back up your notes and bookmarks, so the next time you check out the book (or if you decide you want to buy the Kindle book) your notes and bookmarks will be there, waiting for you.

-    Read Everywhere – when you check out a Kindle book from your local library, you can read it on your Kindles and your free Kindle apps for the most popular devices and platforms.

-    Real Page Numbers – our page numbers match the page numbers in print books, so you can easily reference and cite passages and read alongside others in your book club or class.

-    Facebook and Twitter Integration – Share meaningful passages with friends and family with built-in Twitter and Facebook integration.

-    Wireless delivery – Your Kindle library books can be delivered via Wi-Fi, so there’s no need to transfer books to your Kindle via USB

To learn more about borrowing Kindle books from your local library, go to: www.amazon.com/kindle/publiclibraries. To find out if your library will have Kindle books available, visit your library’s website.

We love libraries – they’re a great way to discover new authors and genres, so we’re excited to hear what you think of getting Kindle books at your local library. Let us know!

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I contacted Overdrive (Amazon's partner for this initiative) several times about how a library could become part of this program. I didn't receive a response.

If my local library doesn't have this, how can I find one that does?

I contacted my local library and was told that there would be a fee that Amazon would charge in order to use this library service? Yes from the public library Amazon would charge a monthly fee similar to Netflix.

I contacted my local library and was told that there would be a fee that Amazon would charge in order to use this library service? Yes from the public library Amazon would charge a monthly fee similar to Netflix.

Overdrive's page still has Kindle as "coming soon" & doesn't list it as a compatible device. Tried to get it to work & can't...

This post seems incorrect compared with other reporting. I found this, among other posts, that says it is only available at two library systems currently and no information on when will be widely available:

http://www.techflash.com/seattle/2011/09/amazon-kindle-library-lending-in-beta.html

Just checked out a book from Clevent in Ohio. The information is accurate and the process works fine.

Any news on when this will be coming to Canadina public libraries?

I just checked out a book from the Free Library of Philadelphia and it was easy as can be.

I don't get why this isn't available in Canada. We have libraries that use OverDrive, and they have the rights to the books, so why not let us borrow them too? All the other ereaders can. Canada always seems like a secon thought to Amazon.

Canada being second thought to Amazon? Same goes for the rest of the world. You can't even use a Kindle in Malaysia. Ridiculous. Wake up, corporations. The Internet is not the USA and does not have borders.

One of my local library systems did not have it (Arapahoe), but Denver did (I belong to both). It worked perfectly. No fee. The books had holds on them, so I just added my name to the list. It was the same process I've used to download library books to my iPad, but reading on the Kindle is so much easier.

@Krismas There is absolutely NO FEE for this service. Whoever you talked to at your library has potentially confused this service with rumours of an Amazon-based (not library-based), Netflix-like book renting service which is not yet available or even confirmed.

I have already checked out Kindle books via the King County (Seattle) library and it works perfectly!

I just checked out a book from the Free Library of Philadelphia for my Kindle and it was easy as the proverbial pie. Thanks, Amazon! And thanks for delivering on the promise to offer this feature sometime in 2011. It was a real incentive when I chose the Kindle over other ereaders.

Thank you for doing this! My library has already updated and Kindle books are ready to be downloaded through OverDrive. This makes me so happy you have no idea. Thanks for listening to our requests, Amazon!

Haven't tried it yet, but I have been waiting for this for soo long! Thanks to Amazon for doing this.
Now to get all publishers to publish for ebooks! (and let people loan their books!)

Also, is there a way to change the fact a person can only lend a book ONCE? I understand me not having it available while it is out to someone else, but I should be able to loan at least 20 times (I do think that is reasonable).

Still waiting for the Air Forces Overdrive to update, but we can not wait! We've been telling all our patrons that it is coming!

Also, I agree with Melanie - it sure would be nice to be able to loan something more than once.

*wild applause* Wonderful, wonderful!! =) Thrilled - yet another reason to love my Kindle. Thank you!! =)

Not available in Collier County Public Library System (Florida)yet. It is still showing as "Coming Soon" even though they use OverDrive.

Do you have to belong to your local library

New Orleans Public Library specifically states that the Adobe EPUB and pdf books they offer are not compatible with Kindle. Very disappointing.

New Orleans Public Library specifically states that the Adobe EPUB and pdf books they offer are not compatible with Kindle. Very disappointing.

@ Carla - it is true that Adobe EPUB and PDF are not compatible. How it works is that you borrow that license/book from the library and you are directed to the Amazon website to download the kindle version of the book. Libraries will not have to buy new books in kindle format.

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