Amazon offers borrowing books from public libraries.

Amazon and Overdrive (Digital Distribution company) partners to allow users to borrow books from public libraries for its Kindle users. Overdrive has access to 11000 public libraries and Amazon offers this service to all its Kindle owners – Kindle readers, apps etc.

Here is the procedure:

  • Visit the website of a U.S. library that offers digital services from OverDrive.
  • Check out a Kindle book (library card required).
  • Click on “Get for Kindle.” You will then be directed to Amazon.com to redeem your public library loan. You may be required to login to your Amazon.com account — or create a new account — if you’re not already logged in.
  • Choose to read the book on your Kindle device, free reading app, or Kindle Cloud Reader.

Kindle eBook users can download the books using active WiFi connection (not supported on Kindle 3G connection). Later the user can apple for extension for reading the book or buy the book from Amazon.

One interesting feature is that it supports Amazon’s “Whispersync”, where it preserves all your bookmarks done to the book, so that it will be available for users reading the book at a later point of time.

I am not an active book reader. But if you are, checkout here for more details.

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