Amazon Bringing Kindle Library Lending To You Soon

With the increasingly rapid switch from paper books to electric amongst readers, libraries may be in fear of losing out on some business. Well maybe not, as in the US 11,000 libraries has announced they will be offering eBook lending courtesy of Amazon later on this year.

Amazon’s Kindle is one of the most popular eBook readers on the market, with the library eBook lending compatibility now adding to this. In the past Kindle owners have been disappointed to hear they could not access any content from their local libraries, unlike Barnes & Noble’s Nook, the Sony Reader and the Kobo reader, according to the New York Times.

The current eBook lending feature offered by Amazon is a single 2 week lending period; however Mashable reports that with the new library lending feature, users will be able to rent eBooks multiple times. The director of Kindle at Amazon, Jay Marine has said “We’re excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries.”

We spoke the other day about how in the coming years we could see the end of discs, well could it be the same for books eventually? Its much more convenient to carry them all in slick virtual form, than bundle them all in a bag. Also for libraries it could serve as an advantage when it comes to copy availability, what do you think? Let us know your thoughts on the prospect of electric overtaking paper books as the normal way of reading.