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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2012 12:15:08 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 29, 2012 12:17:39 AM PDT
luvshihtzu says:
My library does not allow use of library computers to transfer Overdrive ebook loans to any electronic readers or audiobooks to a MP3/WMA Player. They expect that you will have a computer at home for those uses.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 6:08:11 PM PDT
Gavin says:
I sent my complaint here ecommerce@us.penguingroup.com You should too.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2012 5:34:25 AM PST
Kathy Santos says: "Why doesn't Amazon allow me to transfer Penguin library books to my Android via USB?"

Amazon currently does not allow USB transfer to any of it's apps (PC, MAC, iOS, Android). I think they decided not to add it when they made the apps because they were designed for "always connected" devices like PCs at home/work and phones. Well, except for iOS.. Apple does not allow apps to do USB transfers officially. Amazon would have to create a new "Sync wirelessly with a PC app" feature (and the corresponding PC and MAC apps) to get "Transfer via Computer" to work for the iOS apps.

Up until this Penguin issue it wasn't too much of a problem since it didn't keep anyone from at least getting the books so that they could later download wirelessly from the archives. The problem here is that Penguin is requiring Amazon to only allow someone to borrow a Library book via the USB connection. So people with only Kindle apps can't do the initial borrowing since they can't do the inital USB only download.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 5:27:07 AM PST
You can return the library book by going to manage your Kindle. The book will be there even though it had to be checked out by usb. I did this the other day when I got a Penguin book and finished it early.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2012 4:37:00 AM PST
Cassie Anne says:
Penguin wants to add more "friction" to the borrowing process, so they (not Amazon) require you transfer their library books over the USB cord.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 4:26:48 AM PST
Kathy Santos says:
Why doesn't Amazon allow me to transfer Penguin library books to my Android via USB?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 4:46:48 AM PST
Sorry, I should have mentioned this in the earlier post. You need a Kindle registered on the account together the transfer via computer option. Having only the apps wouldn't work.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 3:38:59 AM PST
D. Baker says:
@ Zanzibar, I have been thinking about doing exactly that! Publishers seem unaware of the fact that many of us "try out" new authors by borrowing their books from library. If I like the books that are in the library, there is a high probability that I will buy other books the author has written.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 3:01:23 AM PST
MaryGeek says:
I found no way to download to my computer. Some alternative options are: 1. If your library has the book in epub or pdf, that will download. It's only the Kindle format that won't download to a computer. 2. I haven't tried this, but it's possible that Kindle owners can download the book directly to their Kindle. 3. And, before you choose a book to download using the Kindle format, check to see the name of the publisher. As far as I know, Penguin is the only bad guy in this drama.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2012 5:01:03 PM PST
J. D. Wright says:
Amazon is not giving me the option to transfer via computer. What to do?

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 4:55:49 AM PST
MaryGeek says:
Thanks to all of you for helping. I understand the problem now. I don't use a Kindle device but prefer to read on my laptop using a Kindle app. Therefore the Amazon page for a Penguin book doesn't allow me to download. So now, I check the publisher and if it's Penguin, I download using the epub format. Sorry for all my confusion, but the Amazon message threw me.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 6:58:04 AM PST
J.L.B. says:
You can return the book by going to http://amazon.com/myk and use the drop.down menu next to the book. Seriously, this is not Amazon's fault. Think about how nice they are to make library checkouts as easy as they do. They come from their site! They don't make money off that transaction unless we decide to buy the book.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 6:52:41 AM PST
J.L.B. says:
My library lists these books as "kindle via USB". Perhaps you can use a computer at the library to complete the transfer?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 6:11:39 AM PST
Frank Demelio says: "4. Since the button doesn't let me download from Amazon, I was understandably frustrated. I thought there might be a workaround, but I couldn't figure it out."

There is a work around, but only if you have a Kindle (e-Ink or the Fire) registered on your acount. It doesn't work if all you have are the apps. Go ahead and do the "Transfer via Computer" option. It doesn't matter which Kindle you choose at the 2nd step as you will be ignoring it anyway. You can delete it once it downloads. The book is now in your archives. While you can't used the Manage Your Kindle page to send it wirelessly to your Kindle or apps, you can download it wirelessly from the archives on your Kindle and the apps. I have tested it on the iPad app and the cloud reader to make sure it works.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 5:54:14 AM PST
loriltx says:
For those of us who have K1s and K2s, this is no big deal given that this is how we have had to get library books on our Kindle anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 4:37:07 AM PST
MaryGeek says:
I read somewhere that libraries don't buy ebooks, the "rent" them. Publisher keeps control.
I can download Penguin books in epub format. It's only the Kindle formats that don't seem to work. (Maybe I'm too dumb to find the workaround. The usual button that lets me download Kindle books is not operative with the Penguin library books.)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 4:29:07 AM PST
MaryGeek says:
1. From Library website, click on "download" for the book. That click sends me to Amazon page for the book.
2. Normally, Amazon has button to download to Kindle.
3. For Penguin books, Amazon has a notice on that button that has the message I quoted above.
4. Since the button doesn't let me download from Amazon, I was understandably frustrated. I thought there might be a workaround, but I couldn't figure it out.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 5:38:01 PM PST
I think it's totally bogus. How is it legal for them to change the policy of how we can access and read the books after the library has already purchased the book in the formats?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 5:22:31 PM PST
What was the process you used to download the book to your computer??

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2012 11:27:14 AM PST
Frank Demelio says: "Can someone can tell me how I can get the ebook from Amazon without using the wireless? I don't have a Kindle that can use 3G."

Check the book out from your library just like you normally would. When you get to the steps here on Amazon it will only give you the option to "Transfer via Computer". Go ahead and get the book. It will ask you which Kindle you will put the book on so select the one that you plan on using. It will download the Kindle book file to your computer. Now follow the instructions at http://amazon.com/kindletransfer to connect the Kindle to your computer and copy the book to the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2012 11:20:42 AM PST
@Frank
Ann gave you the link on how to transfer via USB already, but here is is again. http://amazon.com/kindletransfer

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 16, 2012 11:11:45 AM PST
Noreen M. Horner-Nixon says: "I realize the library should note this - but perhaps amazon could POST something to warn us?????????"

You mean some warning like this maybe?

"Due to publisher restrictions, some titles may not be wirelessly delivered to your device and instead require USB transfer from your computer to your device. These restricted titles also may not be accessed on Kindle reading applications."

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-3?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200747550&qid=1329419428&sr=1-3

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 11:04:29 AM PST
MaryGeek says:
Thanks to all of you for your interest and your comments. Since I posted, I found some background on the Penguin problem and I see why I have a problem.
The message I got from the Kindle page when I wanted to download was "Due to publisher restrictions, this book cannot be delivered wirelessly and must be downloaded and transferred via USB." Can someone can tell me how I can get the ebook from Amazon without using the wireless? I don't have a Kindle that can use 3G.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 6:02:36 PM PST
bethcross says:
I sent Penguin an e-mail telling them how dissatisfied I am with their treatment of Kindle owners in particular and readers in general. I told them I will no longer be buying any of their books published through any of their imprints and that in future, any of my favorite authors remaining with them, I would only get through a public library system or used bookstores. Don't know if it will do any good, but I received two automated responses telling me an incident number has been assigned and I can call. . .blah, blah, blah.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2012 4:10:48 PM PST
Well, they *are* screwing their customers, so...
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