Amazon announced that it’s working with Overdrive, the most common ebook vendor in public libraries, to make its ebooks available through subscribing libraries. Kindle users will be able to choose from thousands of titles formatted for all generations of the Kindle and check them out for a limited lending period.
This announcement comes just weeks after the introduction of the lower-priced Kindle with Special offers. Clearly, Amazon is serious about getting Kindles into the hands of more users before Apple develops the technology that will allow toggling between eInk and video display on the iPad.
For readers who have not yet purchased an ereader, the combination of expanded public library access and low price adds to the appeal of the Kindle with Special Offers as an introductory device. With a Kindle available for just $114, a user could test drive and get a lot of use from an ereader without investing too much money either in buying the device itself or in building a personal library with purchases from the Kindle Store.