Kindle e-books now available through libraries

On Wednesday, Amazon announced that Kindle books will be available for lending at more than 11,000 public and school libraries, allowing readers with Kindles or the Kindle app to download Kindle e-books free of charge.

Kindle DX
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Although libraries have offered e-books for several years now, their offerings were only compatible with ePub-enabled devices such as smartphones, iPads, the Sony Reader and the Nook.

The new arrangement allows libraries to expand their digital collections to the nation’s most popular e-reading platform.

According to Christian Science Monitor correspondent Molly Driscoll, this should create be a big increase in the demand for library e-books.

Not all Kindle e-books will be available to library patrons, however; some publishers, including Macmillan and Simon & Schuster, don’t permit libraries to lend their e-books, and other publishers — like HarperCollins — have instituted a lend-limit.

Read Molly Driscoll’s full report at Christian Science Monitor.

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