Amazon announced you can now check a Kindle book free from over 11,000 public libraries in the United States and read it on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle reading app.
Aamzon explains "You can borrow Kindle books from your local library's website and, with the click of a button, have them delivered to your Kindle device or free reading app."
- "Visit the website of a U.S. library that offers digital services from OverDrive.
- Check out a Kindle book (using a valid library card).
- Click on "Get for Kindle" and then sign in to your Amazon.com account to have the book delivered to your Kindle device or reading app."
Note: Public library books can be sent wirelessly to Kindle devices via an active Wi-Fi connection or transferred via USB.
"The library must have a web site with "OverDrive" features in order to enable borrowing for the Kindle device or app. Users can surf through the books that are available to borrow from their local library's web site, and once they find a book they want to read they can then sign onto their Amazon account and have the book transferred via a WiFi or USB connection to borrow. However, one caveat, it doesn't sound like the Kindle eReader supports using its 3G connection for downloading library books," notes Amazon.
Using the Kindle to borrow a Kindle public library book, you'll have access to all the unique features of Kindle books, including real page numbers and Whispersync technology that synchronizes your notes, highlights, and last page read. You also have the abilty to write in notes inside the electronic text, sharing those notes with other Kindle readers and highlighting select parts of the book. The Kindle keeps those notes and highlights you made inside the library book even if borrow the same book again.
After a public library book expires, if you check it out again or choose to purchase it from the Kindle store, all of your annotations and bookmarks will be preserved.
Kindle library books also have Twitter and Facebook integration features.