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Kindle Support for Public Library Lending Enters Beta Testing

Earlier this year rumors started floating around that Amazon would be rolling out a public-lending system supported by public libraries–most likely in time for the Christmas rush. The service is currently in beta and offers lending from select US libraries.

Library patrons at active Kindle-supported libraries (such as the Seattle Public Library) can use the OverDrive digital lending service to check out books from the library. The service supports all versions of the Kindle including platform apps (such as Kindle for PC) and Amazon’s Cloud Reader.

Hit up the link below to read Amazon’s FAQ file regarding the lending program and how the system will manage expired books, loan status, and more.

Public Library Books for Kindle [via Tech Crunch]

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  • Published 09/20/11

Comments (2)

  1. Kevin L

    So, since Overdrive tells Amazon that you checked out the book and then Amazon gives you a copy, does this mean that Amazon has implemented a different DRM system, one that is time based? Or does this mean Amazon will remotely wipe your checked out books after your time expires?

    Is anyone in the beta (I’m looking at you Seattle residents) that can comment?

  2. keltari

    @Kevin, If I remember correctly, Overdrive uses Adobe’s Digital Editions for book management and DRM. Digital Editions will get installed on your Kindle and handle everything, the Kindle is just in the transaction.

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