In perhaps the most subtle move thus far in its war on physical books, Amazon announced today that it would be giving Kindles to some 11,000 libraries across the country, to be loaned out for free--starting right here at the Seattle Public Library.
As much crap as I give Amazon and the digital-books movement, I'll admit that I'll probably go borrow one.
Customers will use their local library's website to search for and select a book to borrow. Once they choose a book, customers can choose to "Send to Kindle" and will be redirected to Amazon.com to login to their Amazon.com account and the book will be delivered to the device they select via Wi-Fi, or can be transferred via USB. Customers can check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry or Windows Phone, as well as in their web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Enjoy your jobs while you can, librarians. You'll all be replaced by a handful of IT support technicians soon.