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Amazon Looks to Make Libraries Obsolete With Kindle Lending Program

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Libraries are on their way to being utilized only by high-school field-trippers and homeless people in need of a shave. And who's leading the traditional literary lending establishments down the road of obscurity? Why, Amazon of course.

The company's latest program is called Kindle Library Lending, and it's exactly what it sounds like.

From today's announcement:

Amazon today announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.

The program itself actually partners with libraries, so the libraries do benefit from it. Still, it sort of makes maintaining a physical library building seem silly.

Not that the libraries weren't leaning that way already.

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