According to a press release issued by Amazon, users of the Kindle eReader and Kindle apps can expect the ability to borrow library books on their device later in the year.
The new feature will be available for all generations of the Kindle eReader as well as the Kindle apps that are currently used on the Android, iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, Blackberry and Windows Phone. With the new Kindle Library Lending feature, users will be able to borrow ebooks from their local library to read on their device. As an added bonus, the user can make notes and bookmarks that will stay on the device even when they return the book. If they decide to borrow it again, or purchase the ebook later, the notes will still be there.
Competing eReaders, such as the Barnes & Noble Nook, have been allowing users to borrow from the library for quite some time. It is a feature that many Kindle users have been asking for.
Amazon has not given a specific date that users can expect to have this new feature available to them. They did, however, say they will be working with digital book distributor Overdrive to supply the service to libraries. Overdrive currently supplies downloads and ebook services to 11,000 public and educational libraries nationwide.