Thursday, September 22, 2011

Borrowing Kindle E-Books: A Hands-On Guide | PCWorld

I look forward to exploring further, if I ever catch up with all of the Kindle samples and books I’ve already downloaded…

Amazon has Kindle-fied e-lending, letting you download the books directly to your Kindle with no extra software required. What's more, you can take notes, highlight passages and so on, and Amazon will hold on to that information. If you return the book and then take it out again at some later point (or purchase a copy), all your info will still be there.

It seems like a great service, but Amazon is soft-selling it in one respect: they're not saying which 11,000 libraries they've partnered with. You have to either go to your library's website to find out if they offer the service, or check out the Overdrive site. Overdrive powers e-book lending for a number of formats, though, so it might take some digging around to find one that does Kindle books. If you're looking for a specific book you can use their Advanced Search and specify Kindle format and see what pops up.

Borrowing Kindle E-Books: A Hands-On Guide | PCWorld

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