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Kindle Can Now Rent E-Books

There’s no question that Amazon’s Kindle rules the e-reader market. However, the Kindle has, up until now, had one major downfall: it lacked the ability to rent library books. This was problematic for some e-reader enthusiasts, as similar devices like the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader could easily access electronic library books.

Amazon changed its stance on working with the libraries’ online infrastructures a few months ago, promising to do what it needed to make the Kindle library compatible. Luckily for the millions of Kindle owners, that day has finally come. They will now have access to e-books from more than 11,000 libraries nationwide.

To rent an e-book on your Kindle, simply visit your local library’s website, enter your library card number, find the book you want to rent and click “Send to Kindle.” The website will then ask for your Amazon account information. This process can also be done from your iPhone or Android, according to reports. Amazon execs say the e-book rentals should remain in your Amazon library for about two weeks.

What do you think? Do you plan to rent e-books on your Kindle?


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4 Responses to Kindle Can Now Rent E-Books

  1. Greg September 22, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Hi, Nellie:

    It’s about time and as you mention in your article, Kindle owners everywhere will rejoice upon hearing this news. This is good for Libraries as well.


  2. Tony Donaldson October 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Having started reading books from the L.A. public library on my Kindle, this is a truly amazing and great way to read books. Really enjoying this. And it’s so easy!

    You can borrow the books for up to 3 weeks, you set how long, LAPL allows up to 10 items at once, and you can return them early. If something you want isn’t available, you can get on a waiting list and when it becomes available, you can get an email or text alert.

  3. Calista October 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    How much does it cost? I’m thinking about buying a Kindle and getting some back round info on the cost of buying and renting.

  4. Tony Donaldson October 11, 2011 at 10:48 am #


    The Kindle 3, the one with the keyboard, is as low as $99 (Wi-Fi only, with special offers). The new Kindle comes out November 21, it’s as low as $79 with special offers. The Kindle Touch will be $99 to $189, depending on configuration and the color Kindle Fire tablet/reader will be $199.

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