As I mentioned yesterday when I posted about the new Kindles (including one for only $79!), you can now check out Kindle books from your local library.
It’s kind of a complicated process, since you can’t get the books directly from Amazon.
How it Works:
- Visit your local library’s web page (you can search via Swagbucks if you don’t know it off the top of your head)
- Search for a link like “Downloadable Books”
- You will be taken to a page powered by Overdrive
- Sign into your account – I used the same login info that I use to log into my library account
- Search for a book
- Place a hold on books you are interested in. You can choose either Kindle or the Adobe ePub format
- You will get an e-mail when your book is available for download and you need to check it out within 3 days
- You must either have wifi or a USB cable to download the book – it won’t work on 3G
- You have 2 weeks to read your book before it expires and you can check out up to 6 books at a time
As an avid reader, I resisted the change to an ebook reader, since I didn’t want to pay money for books. However, between all the free Kindle books available on Amazon and now library book lending, I should be set in my reading material for awhile. I’ve been using the Kindle app for iPad for a couple of weeks, and I can honestly say I don’t miss my real books at all.