Kindle eBooks Now Available At Public Libraries


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And that’s how it works — just as I said it would from the start on May 26!

Here’s Amazon to repeat it:

• Visit the website of a U.S. library that offers digital services from OverDrive.

• Check out a Kindle book (using a valid library card).

• Click on “Get for Kindle” and then sign in to your Amazon.com account to have the book delivered to your Kindle device or reading app.

Everyone was bending my ear on Twitter about ridiculous notions of ePubs being converted. All it’s doing is sending people from OverDrive to Amazon, via validated public library card. And if there’s no Kindle edition available, it won’t even show up on OverDrive as “Get for Kindle.” Which is no different from a print book not being available in ePub.

Everyone who wouldn’t buy a Kindle because ePub had the public library lending option, that objection has now been erased.

Let’s see if Sony and Kobo can survive this move.

Additional:

Kindle Books Now Available at over 11,000 Local Libraries

Previously here:

Kindle Library Lending: ePub Is Dead

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3 responses to “Kindle eBooks Now Available At Public Libraries

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  2. Kelly

    Hi Mike, cool blog. I was given a Kindle Touch for Christmas. Since I’m so poor I usually only check out books from the library, I tried out the Kindle option via my library’s Overdrive site. Works smoothly, with quick wifi transfer (it sends you to Amazon where you do the final check out).

    The sad thing is, due to budget cuts, my county’s library system (large metropolitan area in California) has few Kindle titles available. The waitlists are an average of 8 deep. sigh. Do you know of a way to convert the DRM epub titles to MOBI or PDF? (library has a ton of those).

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