Amazon, purveyors of the Kindle and its little ebook babies, have announced a new service they are working on called "Library Lending." Through a partnership with Overdrive, ebooks from Amazon would be able to be checked out from a local public library on any Kindle or Kindle app. Also, using their Whispersync service, Amazon would be be able to save your notes and bookmarks on any book you checked out after it is "returned" should you decide to re-check out or purchase the item:
"Customers will be able to check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. If a Kindle book is checked out again or that book is purchased from Amazon, all of a customer's annotations and bookmarks will be preserved." - Amazon
Well, well. Look who's jumping on the library bandwagon, eh? I think this is good news. The technology is growing towards universal ebook formats and a universal ebook carriers, just as I predicted. Well, me and every other person with a blog and a half invested interest. The future is now, people! Rock on!