One year ago if anyone were to say if I tried reading books using a Kindle, I wouldn't care if I ever read a print book again, I would have said, "NO WAY". But guess what happened, just (1) year later. I LOVE my Kindle, and if I could afford to exchange all 600 of my paper books for eBooks, I'd do it in a heartbeat, to carry my whole library with me 24/7.
To me it's easier on the eyes, easier on my hands which sometime get numb holding hardcover books, and I can highlight quotes, make notes with relative ease, and I only have to charge it about every 4 weeks. Right now I have about 200 books on my Kindle, but I can have as many as 3,500 - an attainable dream - knowing me! Seriously, I'm pretty selective with what I download. I don't download books just because they are free. It has to sound like something I'd really want to read. Recently, I joined NetGalley and love the ability to preview some soon to be released titles, even though the format can often be a bit funky at times.
But, a new amazing discovery now has me hooked. In Massachusetts, if you have a public library card for any library in the state, you can get a Boston Public Library Digital Library Card number. The selection of Kindle-ready eBooks is amazing and the process couldn't be more simple. I can create a wish list, place holds, and when the item is available, I have (5) days to check it out and the (14) days to read the book. They even send you an email (3) days before the download is due to expire so that you can speed up your reading for that download. Popular new books often have multiple copies, and although there might be a wait list, it goes pretty quickly, and there are so many other great books to choose from that you'll always be able to find something good to download.
Have you tried Kindle eBooks from your library? What did you think? If you haven't tried free Kindle Library books available in your state, maybe it's time to check it out, and save yourself a lot of money in the process.
FREE KINDLE PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOKS
(Info from Amazon Website)
Check Out a Public Library Book for KindleYou can borrow Kindle books from your local library's website, and, with the click of a button, have them delivered to your Kindle device or free reading app.
- Visit the website of a U.S. library that offers digital services from OverDrive.
- Check out a Kindle book (library card required).
- Click on "Get for Kindle." You will then be directed to Amazon.com to redeem your public library loan. You may be required to login to your Amazon.com account -- or create a new account -- if you're not already logged in.
- Choose to read the book on your Kindle device, free reading app, or Kindle Cloud Reader.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this book not available for Kindle from my local library?Availability of books and length of loan will vary by library. We recommend you check with your local library for more information regarding the availability of public library books for Kindle.
Will I be notified before my public library book loan expires?Yes. Three days before the end of the loan period, we will send a courtesy reminder e-mail about the loan expiration. Once the loan period has ended, an additional e-mail notification will be sent. Availability of books and length of loan are determined by your local library.
How do I view the status of my loan?You can view the status of a public library book for Kindle from the Manage Your Kindle page. Click on the "+" symbol next to any title to view more details about any book that you've borrowed including the expiration date.
You can also access all of the materials that you currently have checked out on your library's OverDrive-powered website. Within your library's digital site, look for links to My Account, My Bookshelf, or something similar.
What happens to my notes and highlights after a loan expires?You can always access their notes and highlights through kindle.amazon.com, even after a book expires. And if you check a book out again, or purchase it from Amazon.com all of your notes and highlights will appear in the book as before the loan expired.
Are public library books for Kindle available internationally?At this time, public library books for Kindle are only available at U.S. libraries.
What Kindle devices can I read public library books on?You can read borrowed Kindle books on any generation Kindle device or all free Kindle apps, as well as in your web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader. Public library books require an active Wi-Fi connection for wireless delivery to a Kindle device. Library books will not be delivered via your Kindle's 3G connection. If you are trying to send a library book to a Kindle device and you do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, you can load your library book via USB instead.
How do I send library books to my Kindle device or reading app?
Once a public library book has been redeemed, you can send it to any registered Kindle device or reading app from the Manage Your Kindle page. Public library books require an active Wi-Fi connection for wireless delivery to a Kindle device.
Library books will not be delivered via your Kindle's 3G connection. If trying to send to a Kindle device and do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, you may instead choose to load your library book via USB.