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23 2011

Why Mobile Is Changing The Face Of The Local Library

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I have a very soft place in my heart for the old-fashioned library.  But in today’s mobile world, the library has a new turbo-charged mobile face.

You can now ‘borrow’ e-books from companies like Amazon and websites like eBookLendingLibrary.com.  Book-lending is back in business.

On April 20, 2011, Amazon announced it would launch the Kindle Library Lending.  The new feature enables anyone with a Kindle device or the free Kindle app (good on Android, iPad, IPod Touch, IPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry or WindowsPhone) to ‘check out’ a digital book from their local library and temporarily store it on their device.

Unlike the old-fashioned ‘physical’ book we have all borrowed from a library, lenders can make and keep annotations on their borrowed e-books. Amazon is partnering up with OverDrive to implement Kindle Library Lending in the US and the feature should be ready by the end of 2011.

But you don’t have to wait!  You already can go to websites like eBookLendingLibrary.com and ebookexchange.com which are sites that help its members lend and borrow e-books.

The eBook Lending Libraries Wiki is a list of places around the world where you can borrow ebooks either for free or for a nominal fee.

Another resource is OverDrive ebooks where you can access and borrow ebooks either through OverDrive’s mobile or desktop application.  The OverDrive app has access to digital books from more than 13,000 libraries around the world.

Click here to watch a CNET video which will show you how to download e-books from your local library.

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