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Initial post: Dec 29, 2012 11:28:53 AM PST
Kim West says:
Does anyone know if the Kindle paperwhite is compatible with libraries and e-book lending/borrowing?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 11:33:48 AM PST
Dittie says:
Yes, I do. Go to overdrive dot com and enter your zip code to find the consortium your local public library belongs to. Register there and then look at what's available in Kindle format that you'd want to borrow. Preferably, do that before you buy a Kindle based on an assumption that everything is available in both formats.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 11:40:03 AM PST
Tabbyrose says:
I don't think the Paperwhite is compatible with Overdrive, but it will work with library ebooks. I've discovered that many library books require Overdrive so you need a tablet or computer. Also popular new library ebooks have very long waiting lists.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 11:44:57 AM PST
You have to pick Kindle format when you are at the library's web site. Overdrive-only means you have selected ePub, which is the wrong format.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 11:50:52 AM PST
Dittie says:
Overdrive isn't incompatible with the Paperwhite, you just can't install the Overdrive Media Console app to it. You don't need the app.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 11:51:38 AM PST
here is the "Public Library Books" for Kindle help page:

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 12:10:47 PM PST
Tabbyrose says:
I guess I should have said that many books are Adobe compatible which I think means Overdrive and won't work on Paperwhite. I've only been able to read those on my ipad. If I'm mistaken and they can be read on Paperwhite that's great news.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 12:15:43 PM PST
Dittie says:
That's not about Overdrive. That's about the two different formats, which has been mentioned here twice already.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 3:01:25 PM PST
fleaBe says:
Don't know if it was just a fluke but I recently borrowed an ePub book from the library, intending to read it on my iPad (kindle version not available). Put it in Calibre then sent it to my Kindle Touch without thinking - and it worked just fine. Surprised me.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 3:50:34 PM PST
Sarida says:
You need to check with YOUR local library and see what formats they have. They are the ones that can give you that information. Not all libraries have the same policies.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012 3:59:28 PM PST
King Al says:
That book was not DRMed.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 4:02:04 PM PST
Just to be very clear, Kindle format books from Overdrive will work on a Paperwhite just fine. The Overdrive Media Console App (which you can use on a computer or mobile device) allows you to listen to audiobooks and read books in other formats. This app cannot be installed on the Paperwhite.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 12:08:27 AM PST
DRM is only one of the issues, King Al. Since when did kindles read epub format?

FleaBe, I'm fairly sure that if you try to send an epub file to your kindle from Calibre, it will ask you if you want to convert it. I'd suspect that that's what it did, and that you hit yes without really absorbing that it created a mobi file to send. But you can doublecheck, if you like, in either one of two ways. One, open up your Calibre, look for the book, and see if both epub and mobi formats show as existing. Or two, connect your kindle to your computer, open up the documents folder, find the book file, and check what format it is. I'll bet it's mobi.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 12:24:59 AM PST
King Al says:
My impression was that FleaBe converted the ePub to mobi.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 1:53:04 AM PST
S/he didn't say so. I got the impressions that s/he was surprised because it was an epub file initially. But you could be right.

If you have the DeDRM plugin, Calibre will strip the DRM (and the borrowing limitation) off as it imports the book, so it wasn't necessarily DRM-free in the first place.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 2:52:13 AM PST
fleaBe says:
I went back and checked and it was an " open ePub" book. Assume that means non-DRM?

Plain vanilla Calibre, I don't recall it asking to convert, but as was suggested, it's quite possible that I clicked through any questions about converting.

Anyway, it I was happy to find that there are a few more books available for my Kindle!
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