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Amazon Rolls Out Kindle eBook Library Access

In what could be termed as a revolutionary step not just for the Kindle product line, but for the entire eBook industry, online retail giant and Kindle maker Amazon Inc. has finally unveiled the first ever eBook library in the Kindle format, aimed at lending titles to users in the US.

It has been a while though, since some libraries started offering digital editions of books to readers, but this will be the first time when books have been made available to be borrowed on the massively popular Kindle.

The new offering allows Kindle users to bookmark, make notes, highlight text, etc. in the books they have borrowed and once they retrieve it or buy the book, those bookmarks, notes, etc. are still present thanks to Amazon’s Whispersync technology.

“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,” Jay Marine, director of Kindle at Amazon, said in a statement, the New York Times (opens in new tab) reports.

However, the move has also resulted in some sort of insecurity amongst digital book publishers who fear that, users, if subjected to this sort of offerings, will prefer to borrow books rather than purchasing them.

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.