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Initial post: Sep 19, 2011 4:27:52 PM PDT
The Seattle Public Library and King County Library has started with Beta lending for Kindle. I tried to get two and one worked, downloading to my Kindle wirelessly and the other didn't download at all, I got an error message. Check your libraries, and get on waiting lists as there will be a stampede to get the popular books,

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 4:31:05 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2011 5:31:23 PM PDT
Anthea says:
Thanks for the head up. I am so excited. I never wanted a Kindle because one couldn't do library books but i was given one for a present and NOW I love it. Books downloaded with no problem

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2011 1:39:29 PM PDT
Horvath, I just went into the library site and requested a few books. I am curious - were you ever able to download the other book? Is it still available to you? I am just wondering where the error lies and if it is correctable so you don't have to go to the bottom of the waitlist again.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 2:37:05 PM PDT
Jill Angus says:
Sorry didn't see this until after I got all excited and reposted the news. Oh well, it's worth repeating.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 6:40:41 PM PDT
I've downloaded two books, very easy. Remember you have the opportunity to set the length of the loan for up to 21 days. SPL allows for 25 loans so lots of capability. There are 8,202 non-fiction books that can be added to cart right now. (Show only books with copies available is one option you can use when searching the catalog.)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2011 6:49:08 PM PDT
flipoid says:
I wish the Philadelphia library would get the Kindle capability!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2011 7:04:08 PM PDT
Are you in Seattle? or Illinois? Or... Did you mean Books downloaded with no problem from a library there? Or in general from Amazon?

- Andrys

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2011 7:09:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 21, 2011 12:39:04 PM PDT
Tinker-bella says:
Edited as my question has been answered.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2011 7:38:53 PM PDT
Could you check your Kindle's software version #? It's under Menu->Settings and can be seen in the lower right corner.

I added to my blog today that although the latest regular Kindle 3 software version is v3.1 and the special-offers Kindle 3 software is v3.2.1, another Seattle user saw his unit being updated before accessing the library and his is now at v3.3

It does make sense since there have to be error and help messages for those who cannot download a borrowed book via 3G due to Amazon's paying for that 3G (vs smartphone 3G data plan paid for by the phone's owner) and with expected heavy use of library borrowing of books that won't bring any revenue to offset the 3G cost.

Older Kindles with 'only' cellular network 3G access type will need to do USB transfers instead. Ironic.

I'm curious what others with the various Kindle 3's have in the software setting these days. And, if you have v3.3 what area are you in, if you can say?

- Andrys

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2011 11:16:15 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
I'm still at 3.1, and as it happens, my library shows no sign of being ready for downloading books to the Kindle. (Sad to say.) I'm in Chicago. I agree, it makes sense a software update would be pushed out...

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 1:19:12 AM PDT
Thanks, M. for that info.

I've had reports of two people with v3.1 who were able to get a library book downloaded while three others report yesterday they were able to get one but they were all at v3.3, with one of those a regular Kindle 3 model.

Looks like many things are in the midst of slow rollout and testing. I think one thing that v3.3 would do is not allow Kindles with 3G to use it for the library downloads.
Interesting to watch.

- Andrys

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2011 6:15:05 AM PDT
I just downloaded my first library book last night - very cool! I have 3.2.1 and it did not update to the 3.3 as another poster mentioned when he logged into the library. I went ahead and requested more books, but those being all in beta testing format, am thinking my list will disappear when new format takes over sometime this year.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 21, 2011 12:15:00 PM PDT
School Marm says:
Steve in Mass
Your library determines lending length. Mine is choice of 7 or 14 days.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2011 9:03:10 AM PDT
and some allow 21 as an additional option. Seattle has all three loan length choices.
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