Kindle! Libraries! E-lending!

I’m breathless, folks! Big news over the wire: as of today, Kindle users can borrow ebooks from Overdrive, provided that their libraries are in Overdrive network. This is huge. Until this announcement, lending capability on the Kindle has been effectively zero due to the severe restrictions imposed by Amazon (1 book, 1 single lending opportunity for the entire lifetime of the book). As Kindle owner, a big library user and a budding librarian, I just got a big endorphin kick hearing this news. Woo!

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3 Responses to Kindle! Libraries! E-lending!

  1. teasandbooks says:

    But I haven’t been able to actually do it yet. Hmm, will keep trying.

    • Lol, I was just going to leave you a comment saying “I’m so excited! Now I just need to figure out how to use this Overdrive thing” and then saw your own comment to yourself. That makes me feel a little better.

      • teasandbooks says:

        Hi Lav,

        My impression so far is that the system is a bit complicated because you have to overlay 2 things. One is whether an e-version of the book is available and two is whether your library (wherever you have a library card) has bought access to the e-book.

        So what you have to do is go to http://search.overdrive.com/. There you can search by either title or library. Suppose that you search for a title and find that a Kindle version of the book is available. Then, in that book’s record, you have to click on “Find a library”. You then give your geographic information (either a zip code or a state), and Overdrive tells you which libraries in that area have bought the right to the book. Suppose that it’s your lucky day & you find that as a patron at your local library, you’re entitled to download this book. You would then click on the link to your local library, Provided that the e-book hasn’t been “checked out” by somebody else, and so is actually available for download, you can now download it after entering your library card information.

        With all that said, I have yet to be able to find a single e-book that meets all these conditions, so please let me know how this works for you. Now, if only I were a patron at Belvedere-Tiburon . . .

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