How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

Summary: If your public library supports the Overdrive technology, you can now get eBooks lent to your Kindle-enabled device.

TOPICS: Amazon

This week, Amazon launched its Kindle Library Lending service. Today, I finally had the chance to take it for a spin myself.

As it so happens, my local public library is one of the 11,000 that are participating in the Kindle Library Lending launch. However, one of the first things I discovered was that there is really no centralized way of finding out how to access the library ebooks -- you'll need to do some hunting on the Internet.

The MobileRead site has a preliminary listing of lending libraries that support Overdrive. That led me to the Digital Library NJ site, which is a cooperative of different county libraries in my state.

Alternatively, you can check out the Overdrive website itself, which will allow you to check if your local library system is participating.

This can be a little tricky. I had given my Mom an iPad for her birthday and my Dad was given a Kindle for Father's day, so naturally I wanted to find out if they could get e-books lent to them.

My parents live in South Florida, but their exact town wasn't listed. Instead, on Overdrive, I had to look up the largest city in the same county, Boca Raton, which led me to the Palm Beach County Digital Collection.

Once you have actually located the web site that serves the libraries in your municipality, it's a simple matter of clicking on "Login" and plugging in your library card number. Many of these sites appear to use similar interfaces as they use the same Overdrive technology.

Once you are logged in, you can browse from the book collection that exists for Kindle. As these books are under heavy demand, you might find that many are checked out already, so you will want to filter the results by "Only show titles with avaliable copies" if you want to have the book wirelessly sent to your Kindle immediately.

However, you can also place a "Digital Hold" on books that are already lent out, and your library will notify you by email when you can log back in and have the book sent to your Kindle-enabled device.

Once you've found a book that is avaliable for lending, you simply add it to your cart, hit "Check Out" and then the Overdrive service re-directs you to an Amazon login page, where it will prompt you for your Amazon ID and password. Once you've logged in to Amazon, your book listing will appear, and it will prompt you to download it.

That's all it takes to get a book lent to your Kindle.

Have you tried Kindle Library Lending yet? Talk Back and Let Me Know.

Topic: Amazon


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  • NOW??? Two days after Mom buys a Nook? NOW?

    The one thing I was certain was that her library didn't list Kindle. NOW it supports Kindle?
    • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

      @aquart Yeah but it will work with Nook. Or she can just return it and get a Kindle instead, it's only two days.
    • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

      @aquart It's not that the library specifically supports the Nook, its that it supports the ePub format that the Nook, Kobo, Sony and any number of other readers support. The news here is that the Kindle finally started supporting the ePub format public libraries support.
      • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

        @Scubajrr Actually, the Kindle does not support ePub. What is happening is that when you get lent a Kindle book by your library, Amazon sends you an expiring version in Kindle AZW format wirelessly.
  • Oh look

    Two places in my state support this. I'm near neither.
    Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

      @Michael Alan Goff

      Tell me about it. I'm not surprised though... there's a reason my state has ranked in the last 5 for education the last 20 years.

      Funny though, all these hillbillies and rednecks 'know' how to solve our country's economic problems: "Get rid of that left liberal Obama, and get a Republican back in office" :|
      • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

        @chmod 777

        Sounds like you must be from the same state I am...

        the "great" state of Indiana.
        Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

    The libraries in the greater Phoenix area have Kindle lending operatonal. I checked out two books last night. I generated a detailed step by step email that I sent to my less technical friends. I think it is easier to use than Nook or Kobo which require Adobe Digital Editions and USB transfers from computer to reader.
    Old EE
  • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

    This all sounds well and good but what happens to the book once the lending time has run out?
    • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

      @fredeward it disappears automatically.
  • How long is the lenging time and how many renewals?

    I've heard that standard Kindles only allow you to lend once, for a 3 week period. Does this have the same limitation?
    • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

      @kcbaltz This only is if you lend a book you own personally. This has nothing to do with the library lending. Library lending is up to the library and on a book per book level depending on how popular a book it is.
  • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

    My library supports it, but when I hit Get For Kindle, I get the Amazon page telling me that the Web address is not functioning on their website. Which web address? or my home e-mail address which the library has?
  • RE: How to get Kindle books from your library (VIDEO)

    I'm having a problem with it. If I download, the Amazon website tells me my email doesn't match. Which email is it asking for? my household one which it has, or the
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