Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Technology Tip #10: Use Your Kindle to Check out E-Books

For the last several years Nooks and other e-readers have had the ability to borrow e-books from public libraries. This borrowing has grown in popularity as the price of books go up and the price of e-readers go down. Kindle owners have been excluded from these library services because Amazon did not allow the use or "sharing" of e-books. Today brings exciting news for Kindle owners, starting today you can borrow e-books from public libraries!

Here is a brief explanation of how to borrow e-books for your Kindle from the Mukwonago Community Library. If you don't have a Kindle and you still want to see how this process works please remember the library has a Kindle available for checkout. Or if you just need more detailed instructions come see us at the reference desk.

Step 1: Go to the library website:

Step 2: Click on the Subscription Database box, and then scroll down to "Overdrive". Click once on Overdrive.

Step 3: Log in to Overdrive with your library card number.

Step 4: There is currently a shortcut on the left hand side of the Overdrive catalog that says "Now Available" and has a picture of the Kindle. Left click there once.

Step 5: Now you have a list of all available titles, add the titles to your cart that you are interested in.

Step 6: When you are ready to check out the "Get for Kindle" button will take you to the Amazon website.

Step 7: Once at the Amazon website you will have to download the appropriate software to your computer.

Step 8: Then the book should appear on your Kindle.

For visual instructions from the Seattle Public Library please try this link.

Good luck and have fun reading!

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