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Initial post: Feb 25, 2012 3:16:57 PM PST
NW Boater says:
I have only borrowed 1 book and it seemed to require wifi to read.
I downloaded it but couldn't read without a connection.
That doesn't make sense

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 8:47:56 PM PST
R. Gile says:
I'm not sure what you mean by you "downloaded it but couldn't read without a connection". Assuming we're talking about the Prime lending library, you have to borrow the book while ON your Kindle, so you either need Wifi or 3G to access the store.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 9:25:58 PM PST
J.L.B. says:
Yes, you need wifi for public library books. The book will appear in your collection but until you connect to wifi, you will not be able to read it. You can download it to your computer and sideload via USB if you don't have wifi.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 9:54:31 PM PST
NW Boater says:
So I should not plan on reading while traveling w/o wifi. This library option is a big
disappointment. Why buy the Prime if I don't need the 2 day shipping.
At least a library download is on the Kindle for the lending period.
Download to me, means it's on my device.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 10:09:45 PM PST
J.L.B. says:
You only get 1 book per month with the KOLL. How about downloading it before you travel? Or cancel your prime membership. The purpose of it *IS* the 2 day shipping. It isn't worth it for just the books at 1 per month. I love it for the shipping.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 10:15:43 PM PST
King Al says:
Do you have a Fire? There seems to be a bug, in which sometime books don't download properly.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2012 3:26:14 AM PST
Donna A says:
Once the book is on your Kindle you do not need to be connected.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 3:54:24 AM PST
Leslie D says:
NW Boater - Try rebooting. That's not the same thing as shutting down the Kindle, btw. Hold the power button in for 20-30 seconds and ignore the "Shut Down?" question that will appear on the Kindle screen. Then take your finger off the button for a moment, and press it once more just briefly as you usually would to restart.

When I first got my Fire and had the Prime loaner book, the book appeared the first time I got to a wifi hotspot and was often available to read when I woke the Kindle or restarted - but not always. My e-mail wasn't always sync'ing either. The Amazon rep I spoke with said it just happens - the reasons aren't easy to pin down. Rebooting has fixed the problem every time.

It still happens a lot with e-mail, but the books I've bought or gotten for free and downloaded without Prime being involved are totally reliable. I've wondered whether the Kindle was trying to connect to Amazon from time to time to see if I still had rights to the Prime book, and if there was no wifi, just balked when I tried to read it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2012 10:34:59 AM PST
NW Boater says:
Now I'm really confused. R Gile says you need wifi to read borrowed book.
Donna says you do "not" once the book is downloaded.
Appreciate all the suggestions and would like more opinions.
I have rebooted but unfortunately my borrowed book has been returned so I can't download new one till the 1st and try again
Thank you all

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 12:25:15 PM PST
J.L.B. says:
It would help if you would post which kindle you have. You might need wifi to download. You should not ever need wifi to read so something went wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2012 12:30:01 PM PST
NW Boater says:
Leslie-- Thanks for the suggestion and as mentioned I will see if that cures the issue. Funny thing is-my purchased books are also totally reliable. Just makes no sense that a borrowed book would require wifi.
Even makes recharging an issue when reading

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2012 12:32:26 PM PST
NW Boater says:
JLB -- I have the Fire and totally agree. Hope the rebooting suggestion works when I try it later this week.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 12:37:09 PM PST
J.L.B. says:
I have a fire and a couple times I thought the books fully downloaded until I tried to open them. Not that I have a solution but more to let you know that you are not crazy. They downloaded when I got back to a wifi connection. Now I open the book before I head to a place without wifi then I know it downloaded.

But you do need a wifi connection to download on the fire. 3g is not available so plan ahead when traveling.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2012 5:30:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 26, 2012 5:31:42 PM PST
R. Gile says:
With the Kindle Lending Library, you need Wifi or 3G to DOWNLOAD the book. You don't need constant internet access to read it once it has already been downloaded.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 9:09:56 AM PST
DKF1219 says:
If you are on a Fire, you have to make sure that you have downloaded to your Device, not the Cloud to read without WiFi.
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