Amazon intros Library Lending feature for Kindle, apps | Electronista

Amazon on Wednesday announced users of its Kindle e-book reader and those with the Kindle app on other devices will now get the ability to borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the US. Called simply Kindle Library Lending, the feature will arrive later this year. It will allow for Whispersyncing of notes, highlighting pages, and marking the last page read, even for titles that were returned but lent out once again.

Interesting idea. Obviously will help Amazon rope in readers who are currently avoiding the Kindle because of the need to buy the books. But how will this work in practice. If you can lend electronically from your local library, why would you buy a book?

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