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Amazon to launch library lending for Kindle

Written on April 21, 2011 by R. Cruise

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Kindle users can now look forward to a wider and bigger world of ebooks.

Amazon just announced that it will launch library lending for Kindle books from over 11,000 U.S. libraries, later this year.

The Kindle Library Lending feature, available for all Kindles and Kindle apps, will enable users of Kindle e-readers and apps to check out books from their local libraries. Kindle has free downloadable apps for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Jay Marine, Amazon’s Kindle director, said in a news release.

“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.

Amazon is yet to announce a more specific time frame for launch of the service.

Meanwhile, online reports say that although Amazon does not reveal how many Kindles have actually sold it plugs the e-reader as its “best selling product of all time.” Total sales for 2010 have been estimated to be anywhere from 5.4 million to 8 million.

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Packing Chat, Games and ePub in the Kindle

Written on September 08, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Anytime soon is certainly not the time for Amazon to cram camera, color or video capability in the Kindle. But if the e-Reader be swamped, let it be with these kinds of apps.

Our forecasts sees gaming as the first layer filling Kindle’s app swamp. This is likely to be the focus as Amazon hires away Microsoft’s and the XBox series mastermind Andre Vrignaud. The device is not without limitations, and this poses a challenge to Amazon and Vrignaud to conjure games that will work within that range. Heavy gaming will presumably be discarded due to Kindle users’ preferences.

What they are passionate about, however, are newspaper-type word games, such as Every Word and Shuffled Row puzzles. So how about packing more of their kind, such as crosswords, Sudoku and Scrabble, in Kindle? Chucking boredom into the back of the mind, or while away waiting hours through vintage text-based computer games also sounds engaging.

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