American owners of the e-book reader, Kindle, will soon be able to borrow e-books from their local libraries...and...scribble in the margins!
On Wednesday 20th April, Amazon.com announced that it would allow Kindle users to borrow e-books from more than 11,000 American libraries. This announcement follows news of similar agreements drawn up by Kindle's rivals, notably the Sony Reader and the Barnes & Noble Nook.
Roberta A Stevens, the president of the American Library Association, told the New York Times that Amazon's move into library lending as "all but inevitable". "I can't say that I'm surprised," she said. "They were just shutting off a whole part of the marketplace. It's just logical that this would happen."
Amazon.com haven't released the exact date that ebook library lending will come into play in the US, but it is rumoured to be before the end of the year.