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Kindle e-books now stocked at 11,000 US libraries

Kindle e-books are now available from 11,000 libraries across the US, Amazon has announced.

The online bookseller announced the creation of its Kindle Library Lending scheme back in April. Members of participating libraries will now be able to log on to their local library's website and have their chosen e-books sent to their Kindle or other devices using the Amazon Kindle app.

Loan periods under the scheme are set by the library itself, but three days before the loan period expires, Amazon will email a reminder.

"Libraries are a critical part of our communities and we're excited to be making Kindle books available at more than 11,000 local libraries around the country," said Jay Marine, director of Amazon Kindle.

"We're even doing a little extra here - normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we're fixing this by extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book or if you decide to buy the book."

Amazon is helpfully nor providing a list of the libraries stocking Kindle e-books, but advises users to contact their local lending facilities.