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Amazon to start lending library books through the Kindle

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As part of its insidious plan to force you to read more, Amazon has announced that the Kindle will soon allow owners to download books from over 11,000 libraries, which are those buildings where unemployed people go to look at the Internet. Notably missing from the news were a few specifics, namely a concrete launch date, any indication about how long you can have a book checked out, whether there will be limits on the number of times you can borrow before being forced to buy, which publishers will actually make their books available through the service—you know, the little things—but presumably all of these details will be revealed in due time. Get it? "Due" time? I thought we could all use a laugh today.

Anyway, the press release does note that the service will also employ Whispersync technology to allow users to make their own margin notes and highlights in whatever they’re reading—something that used to get you in plenty of trouble with librarians, whom you don’t even have to talk to anymore. Of course, those notes will only be visible to you, not other users, whenever you check the book out (or eventually purchase it from Amazon), so the old “draw a dick on everything” prank will soon be obsolete as the paper you used to draw them on.