Amazon announces new Kindle lending library

Amazon announced a new kindle lending library:

“With Prime, Kindle owners can now choose from thousands of books to borrow for free including over 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers – as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. “

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Download articles to Kindle

“Send to Kindle”  is a great Chrome extension for sending online articles to your Kindle.  It puts a small orange “K” in your tool bar, which you can click when you have an online article on the screen.   I’ve sent to my Kindle articles from Slate and Harper’s so far.  Unfortunately, to be expected, I haven’t got it to work for paid online articles.

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Free eBook Collections for Kindle

Free eBook Collections for Kindle is a good summary of sites to download free kindle eBooks.  The link to Kindle Popular Classics goes to Amazon UK.  Here is the American Site.

Finally, Kindle eBooks and OverDrive

Amazon and OverDrive announced today that Kindle eBooks will be available for Library check-out through OverDrive later this year.  The Kindle eBooks  will even maintain the patron’s notes and hi-lights it the eBook is checked out by that patron at a different time.

Amazon has faced criticism from the library world for some time by not offering library lending for their eBooks.  This is a major step forward in helping heal the rift between Amazon and libraries.  Now, if we can just get more publishers to work with  libraries, we can actually see a future for our wonderful library tradition.