Great news! Amazon has announced that library lending is now available for Kindle ebooks! That’s right, you can borrow Kindle ebooks from your library now. This was promised by Amazon in the Spring and many people had forgotten about this upcoming development. Now the promise has been fulfilled so you can get library Kindle books on your device for free.
In the article Poll: Would You Buy A Kindle Ebook Subscription?, over half of the voters were interested in a subscription to buy Kindle ebooks at a discount. What’s even better than a discount? Free! So if most people are interested in discounted Kindle books, even more people will be interested in borrowing Kindle books for free.
What You Need to Know
- Library lending is currently available only in the United States
- Library lending is available through 11,000 libraries that participate with the OverDrive library lending program
- You will need a library card from your local library to participate
- Lending terms are determined by your library (length of book loan, repeat borrowing, etc.)
- Library books can only be downloaded to a Kindle device over Wi-Fi, not 3G
- Any notes or bookmarks you make for a Kindle book will be saved even after the lending period is over
- You can retrieve your notes and bookmarks from Amazon’s website at any time
- If you borrow a book again or purchase a book that you borrowed, your notes and bookmarks will be added back into that Kindle book
To see whether your local library participates in Kindle lending with OverDrive, go to your library’s website. My local library participates and has 2548 Kindle books available on its site. The lending period at my library is seven days. For example, one of my favorite books, $20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better, was available for lending from my library as a Kindle book.
Most books had only one copy available as a Kindle book at my library, but very few of the Kindle books had been checked out yet. Explore this feature now before others discover that they can borrow free Kindle books from their local libraries!
For more information, check out Amazon’s page explaining Kindle library lending: Amazon Public Library Books for Kindle.
Are you excited about library lending for Kindle books? Does your local library have this feature? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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