Nook, Kobo and *Sony* Reader users can borrow e-books from libraries, but Kindle has been a holdout. Now it appears that library lending for Kindle will launch next month.
Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) is working with OverDrive, the leading distributor of e-books and audiobooks to libraries, to launch its Kindle lending program. The company has said Kindle library lending will launch “later in 2011″ and will work with all Kindles and Kindle apps, but hadn’t specified when “later” is. This weekend, though, at OverDrive’s “Digipalooza” conference for librarians, OverDrive CEO Steve Potash dropped a big hint, EarlyWord reports:
Throughout the conference, CEO Steve Potash, looking like a kid with a delicious secret, kept saying “soon” and, “I’m not allowed to announce a date yet.” During the final session, he delivered a broad hint, by summarizing the main points of his “Crystal Ball Report” :
Streamlining (both downloading and ordering)
Explosion (we have gone from two reading devices to 85 and more are coming)
Premium (the library catalog as the most premium, value-added site on the Web)
Traffic (enormous growth coming by year’s end)
OverDrive previously announced its new platform for libraries, OverDrive WIN, which includes support for Kindle, patron-driven e-book acquisition and “always available” e-book collections.