Today Amazon announced that later this year they will be launching a new feature for all Kindle owners that will allow them to borrow e-books from over 11,000 libraries in the US. This service is available on all generations of Kindle devices, as well as any free Kindle reading app found on your smartphone or computer.
No matter what device you’re using, Amazon will retain any annotations made while the book is checked out, so if you decide to check it out a second time or go for the full purchase you’ll have access to any notes taken during your first read. Jay Marine the Director of Amazon Kindle explains, “We’re doing a little something extra here. Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library.
Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.” This is definitely worth applauding, and we look forward to seeing how this new service will not only benefit the recreational Kindle user, but also if it’s able to makes things easier in the classroom as well.