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Initial post: Nov 4, 2011 12:11:01 PM PDT
Diane Gordon says:
I am a librarian and am considering purchasing some Kindle Fire ebook readers for my school library. I have been told that Kindles cannot read/check out books from other sources such as public libraries. Does anyone know if that is correct?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2011 12:14:35 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
Yes, all kindles and kindle apps can check out books from the public library. There is a stickied thread about library lending at the top of the forum.

However, being that this will be for a school library, I'd suggest buying a regular eink kindle instead of a fire, which is somewhat of a tablet and will allow streaming, browsing, playing games, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2011 12:17:20 PM PDT
No, it isn't. Check the sticky (4th from the top of this forum); also you may not be aware that there are resources that offer free Kindle editions of classics and other works.

I don't know that the Fire is a good choice, though. That allows for a lot of other distractions - games, etc. It's also the most expensive Kindle. I would think you'd do better getting some of the basic Kindles (with ads, $79; without ads, $109). For simply reading, it's a great device.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 7:42:31 PM PDT
Hi, Diane
I am also a school librarian in Bogota, Colombia.
Here we have same questions.
How does it really work?


Posted on May 5, 2012 4:43:21 AM PDT
I agree with other posters. Do not even consider the Kindle Fire. Its primary purpose is not as an ebook reader and, although you can read ebooks on it, the regular e-ink Kindles are far superior for this purpose. They're also much cheaper.

Also, in Adriana's case, the Kindle Fire is out of the question because it only sold in the US and has very limited use overseas. On the other hand, the international versions of the e-ink Kindle work fine in other countries.

For library use, you should be aware that most ebooks have some form of DRM (digital rights management) which limits your ability to lend them out. Most large libraries are members of the Overdrive system, which allows the access to special "lendable" versions of ebooks. They have a great program for K-12 school libraries but the minimum fee is $4,000 per year, which puts it out of reach for many small schools. Here's a link to the FAQ's which explain how the program works:

The other solution is to lend out the Kindle devices themselves with the books pre-loaded on them. This would seem to work much better and at lower cost for a small library.

Posted on May 5, 2012 4:50:41 AM PDT
There are a few other threads where school teachers and/or librarians describe kindle lending programs that they've instigated. If you search the forums you should be able to come up with those users, who may be able to give you specific suggestions.
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