Guide for Borrowing Library Books on Your Phone and Tablet

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Q. How do I check out library e-books to use on my Kindle?

A. E-books are available for borrowing from about 11,000 libraries around the country, so confirm that your local library lends them and offers the Kindle format. You can find this out from the library’s own website or at OverDrive.com, a digital service that works with libraries to lend digital content to the public.

If your library lends Kindle books, you just need a valid library card and PIN code from the institution itself. You also need an Amazon account, a Wi-Fi connection and a Kindle e-reader, Kindle Fire tablet, Kindle mobile reading app or the Kindle Cloud Reader.

Next, go to the e-books section of your library’s website. For New Yorkers, the New York Public Library’s e-book collection can be found at http://ebooks.nypl.org, where audiobooks, videos and e-books in other formats can also be borrowed; the N.Y.P.L has its own reading app for Android and iOS, too.

Browse until you find an interesting book and click it to open its details page for more information. On the details page, you can download a sample, borrow it or put it on hold in case the title is already checked out.

When you select the Borrow option, follow the screens for your library’s sign-in process and for your Amazon account — and you eventually wind up with the downloaded e-book on your Kindle. Lending periods are often 21 days but may vary, and you can usually renew or return a digital book through your Amazon account’s Manage Your Content and Devices page or your library account.

If you want to read on the cheap, many e-bookstores offer a selection of free e-books. Most of these classic books are older titles in the public domain. You can also find most of the same public-domain books — along with audio and video files — to download free on the vast Internet Archive site.

Author: J. D. Biersdorfer
Twitter: @jdbiersdorfer
Source: http://www.nytimes.com

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