Kindle eBooks: Available at your Local Library

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.


  1. Before I take the plunge how do I find out if my library has this option

  2. I Have been doing this for a few days. Once you get the hang of it, it is pretty EZ . You can also send your library loaner to your Kindle cloud reader, as I do, and then you can read it on your iPad in the Kindle app. Have been wondering if they send an email when it is over or if the book disappears. Will have to see!

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