BOOKSELLER Amazon has opened up its digital lending library for Kindle devices in the United States.
The service is open to the firm's Prime account members and lets them choose from thousands of titles that Amazon has made available for free. The list includes more than just dusty old tomes, and also features New York Times bestsellers, according to the firm.
There are no due dates for returning digital books, but it seems that loans are limited to one book a time and once a month.
"Owning a Kindle just got even better. Today, we're introducing a new Prime benefit built for Kindle: The Kindle Owners' Lending Library," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO.
"Prime Members now have exclusive access to a huge library of books to read on any Kindle device at no additional cost and with no due dates."
Users used to scrawling over their ebooks can continue to do so, and Amazon explained that any notes made would be saved, so, for example, if you borrow the book again, you can still use them.
Although it costs the firm a lot to develop them, the Kindle is a big winner for Amazon and now the company sells more digital books than paperbacks. For a firm that made its bones selling hard copy books Amazon now seems to be doing all it can to distance itself from the retro dead tree editions and the places we used to get them.
Amazon in the UK had no information about a local release. µ