A Kindle 3G electronic book reader, by Amazon.com Inc., stands between a row of books in this arranged photograph in London. (Chris Ratcliffe/BLOOMBERG)

Amazon said it has partenered with 11,000 local and educational libraries for the feature, which is called Kindle Library Lending. It is scheduled to launch later this year.

Several other e-readers, such as the Nook, already allow e-book lending from libraries.

With the Kindle program, readers will be able to check out e-books from their neighborhood libraries via the e-reader or the Kindle app. And, if users make notes in the Kindle, those notes will reappear if the the customer buys the book or checks it out again. Your notes will not appear when other users check out the book.

Kindle does currently allow users to lend books to each other for 14 days, depending on publisher or rights holder permissions.

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