Kindle News

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If you’re a kindle owner and haven’t already heard the exciting news that you can now ‘check out’  library books onto your kindle. It’s similar to checking out any library book, so you need your handy library card. Hopefully, you already have one. (September is library card sign-up month.) This was the biggest factor when I decided to buy an e-reader, since I love my local library. I finally picked the kindle, since it’s been around the most and tweaked any problems. For some reason, Amazon thought they were too ‘special’ and did not allow downloads from the library. Check out the long list of other e-readers from the nook to Sony readers. The ‘magic’ is done through overdrive, which is basically the middle person between publishers and libraries. It is not an EPUB or PDF download, instead there’s a special kindle symbol next to the book. Remember Amazon is special, so the difference between other reading devices is when you’re about to ‘check out’ you’re then taken directly to their site. It doesn’t work through 3G, so instead you need to be either wireless or have  a USB connection. Of course you still have to be on the waiting list just like any other book at the library. What happens when my library book is due? Nothing. Amazon automatically removes the book, however if you’ve ‘highlighted’ anything it keeps everything if you decide to buy it. I successfully downloaded a book onto my kindle in about three minutes.

How it Works

It’s easy to enjoy titles from an OverDrive®-powered site. Once setup is complete, all you need to do is browse, check out, download, and enjoy.

step one

Browse

Browse and search for Kindle books.

step two

Check Out

Add titles to your cart, and check out.

step three

Download

Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app.

step four

Enjoy

Sync your device or app and enjoy.

Overdrive information

Amazon’s library borrowing information

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2 thoughts on “Kindle News

    susanbright said:
    September 26, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for the info. i did not know about this and am going to give it a try!

      Caroline responded:
      September 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Yes, I was very exciting when I discovered the news since I love my library.

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