Amazon Unveils Kindle Library Lending in 11,000 Public Libraries

Jay Decenella, IT audit expert
September 22, 2011 /

Amazon and digital content distribution service firm OverDrive have joined hands to make the Kindle Library Lending Program available in thousands of public libraries across USA this month following its rumored distribution last April.

Kindle Library Lending has now gone live in select areas only according to the official discussion forum for Amazon’s Kindle, with some users already seeing this realized in the Seattle area.

The partnership of Amazon and OverDrive has tickled many Kindle fanatics as they can now check out e-books from their local library on all Kindle models – Kindle 3, Kindle DX, Kindle 1 and Kindle 2 – as well as through platform apps, which include the Kindle Cloud Reader.

Users can also read on any generation Kindle device, free Kindle app, or in their browsers with Kindle Cloud Reader.

From any computer, Kindle readers can visit the webpage of an eligible local library, search for a book, and select a Kindle edition. Availability of books and length of loan will vary by library.

Public library books for Kindle provide the same unique features as Kindle and Kindle books, including Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read, real page numbers, and more.

This feature will become available to libraries nationwide in the coming days, Amazon confirmed.

Or already in Central Florida.

The Orlando Sentinel reports: “Card-carrying members of the Orange and Volusia County libraries can start downloading e-books to their Kindles without charge immediately, while patrons of the Osceola and Lake County libraries should be able to do the same in about a week, though specific dates weren’t provided.”

Other e-readers, such as the Barnes & Noble Nook, are already compatible.

Checking out a public library for Kindle goes this way: Users can borrow Kindle books from their local library’s website, and, with the click of a button, have them delivered to their Kindle device or free reading app.

They only need to visit the website of a U.S. library that offers digital services from OverDrive and check out a Kindle book (library card required).

The next step is to click on “Get for Kindle.” Users will then be directed to to redeem their public library loan. They may be required to login to their account – or create a new account – if they’re not already logged in.

Public library books require an active Wi-Fi connection for wireless delivery to a Kindle device. Library books will not be delivered via Kindle’s 3G connection.

If trying to send to a Kindle device in the absence of an active Wi-Fi connection, users may instead choose to load their library book via USB.

Both Mac and Windows users can manage Kindle content through a USB connection.


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