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Amazon adds library books to Kindle

April 23, 2011

I thought it might be time to branch out from Library Journal a bit, even though they are entirely awesome. Let’s get some regional news in here. Or some national news from a regional paper. Amazon is adding library books to the Kindle! Kindle is one of the most popular e-readers, but has been reluctant to include access to library books until now. This change will take place later this year. Columbus Metropolitan Library has many patrons come in with questions about how to load library books onto their Kindle and now they will be able to tell them that this will be possible in a few months. This news might also help libraries when it comes to state funding cuts. Because of Amazon’s marketing heft, it will assist the argument of the importance of libraries. Libraries and publishers will now be able to reach more patrons. When the system is in place, users will be able to browse for library books on the Kindle and check items out with a library card. It will be interesting to see how this affects e-book circulation considering their increasing popularity at libraries. Circulation of e-books has doubled in the first three months of the year compared to last year.

“Amazon finally adding library books to its Kindle” by Dean Narciso in The Columbus Dispatch

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