Kindle Library Lending: Yes. Sir.

At the risk of making it seem like we’re obsessed with the Kindle on this site, I have to admit: I’m obsessed with the Kindle.  Especially after experiencing first-hand Amazon’s latest feature myself: Library Lending. Amazon announced last month a partnership with 11,000 libraries, where all you need is a library card to get access to tons of eBooks.  I think this will be a great, potentially life-saving, service for libraries.  Hopefully, this allows them to reach a wider range of readers and stay relevant.  The process makes it as easy as ever to gain simple, free access to books.

Here’s how to take advantage of it:

  1.  Get a Kindle or download the Kindle reading app.  You don’t need to buy a Kindle to get access to Kindle ebooks.  You can download the free program to your computer, tablet or smartphone.
  2. Go to your local library’s website and find their section for eBooks, audiobooks, etc. and check to see if they use a service called Overdrive.  Overdrive is the third party service that administers the eLending process.  You should either see a link to Overdrive or Kindle eBooks depending on how your library sets it up.
  3. Log in with your library card and search for titles or sort by most popular and most recent.
  4. Once you find a book you want to read, either add it to your cart or place a hold.  While it seems like digital books should be unlimited, libraries only hold a certain number of digital licenses for each book.  Therefore only a certain number can be checked out at the same time.  If you put a hold on a book, they’ll e-mail you when it becomes available.
  5. After adding a book to your cart, proceed to checkout.  It then takes you to the amazon website and gives you the option as to which kindle/kindle device you want to send it to.

That’s it.  Done.  Now you have that book on your Kindle just like you bought it straight from Amazon.  You have the option to check out for 7, 14 or 21 days.  After your time is up, it is automatically removed from your device.

This is good news people – rejoice.  Once they get the whole [tippy title=”Star Trek Replicator” header=”off”]
[/tippy] thing down, we never have to leave our houses again!

What do you think Kindle and non-Kindle users.  Will you use this service?


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Staring out across the hazy mountain range on his latest summitting of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Zach saw with a clearness he had not yet seen. "People should tremble at the very sound of my name", he thought. And it was so. "I should master the manly arts of the world, such as barehanded hunting and blacksmithing". And it was so. "People should call me Z$". And it was so.

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