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Old 04-20-2011, 09:43 AM   #1
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Amazon to launch Library Lending

"Customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 local libraries to read on Kindle and free Kindle reading apps, Whispersyncing of notes, highlights and last page read to work for Kindle library books..."

Click for more: Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books

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Old 04-20-2011, 09:45 AM   #2
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Sounds good, I'd like full integration of my local library into the Kindle itself, but I suppose that will come with time.

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Old 04-20-2011, 09:56 AM   #3
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my post from another thread:

Does this mean libraries will have to buy books in Kindle format too? Their budgets are already strained.

If so, how do they decide which format to buy when they're only buying one copy? When buying multiple copies, will they split the order and get 1/2 ePub and 1/2 Kindle; thereby doubling wait times when all copies are checked out?
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:58 AM   #4
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:03 AM   #5
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If a Kindle book is checked out again or that book is purchased from Amazon, all of a customer’s annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”
Is this standard for Overdrive? Thats who Amazon is working with...
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:15 AM   #6
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:16 AM   #7
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That's great news. This is one of the primary capabilities missing from the Kindle. Now if there was only a color version of the Kindle...
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I'm in a tiny tiny town with a tiny tiny library. How is this any better than an out of state library card at Free Library of P?
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:19 AM   #9
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I'm in a tiny tiny town with a tiny tiny library. How is this any better than an out of state library card at Free Library of P?
Does your library system have ebooks?
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Why is the website behind that link:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....678&highlight=

masquerading as amazon.com?

Is there a link to the announcement on Amazon's official webpage?
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:32 AM   #11
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Why is the website behind that link:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....678&highlight=

masquerading as amazon.com?

Is there a link to the announcement on Amazon's official webpage?
yep. Over at the Amazon Kindle Community.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:33 AM   #12
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Why is the website behind that link:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....678&highlight=

masquerading as amazon.com?

Is there a link to the announcement on Amazon's official webpage?
That is their official website for press releases. Go to amazon.com and hit the "Press Releases" link at the bottom of the page.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:34 AM   #13
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Ok this is awesome. I don't see myself using it but my Mother might like it and some other folks I know.

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Ah... I see. I was a little confused when the "login" details at the top weren't recognizing me. They apparently use different cookies for that site.
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Does your library system have ebooks?
A few, but I read the release carefully and it does NOT say the every eBook title will be available and in reality, there is very little said about how this will work. Is the local lib merely a "port" (window) to the entire Kindle lib or will the local library actually be required to have a file sitting on a computer even if the "borrowed" book comes from Amazon, etc, etc, etc.
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