Amazon has announced today that they will soon allow customers to borrow eBooks from over 11,000 U.S. libraries. Users must own a Kindle or use one of the many official Kindle applications in order to take advantage of the service. The launch date and other details (such as lending period or check-out limit) have not yet been disclosed, but expect the eBook check-out process to work similarly to their paperback counterparts.
“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.”
Apple may need to step up their game if they want iBooks to be the go-to eBookstore, but as it currently stands, Amazon’s cross-platform and syncing abilities has put the Kindle services leagues above Apple’s offerings. With eBooks now being offered in libraries, it may not be long before physical books are completely obsolete.
Read the full press release after the break.