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Initial post: Jul 24, 2013 10:46:36 AM PDT
Ron Misfeldt says:
To borrow library books on the go, I tried accessing my library's website on my Kindle Paperwhite. ( I try to sign in, and I reach the page with a drop-down menu to select my local library. I do this, and that's where the fun stops. Normally I'd be redirected to a login screen, but not on the Paperwhite. Has anyone else run into this or similar problems? I know it's an experimental browser, but it would be nice to borrow right from the device instead of running to the PC each time. Thanks for any ideas or suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2013 10:50:57 AM PDT
Ron - You can't access websites that use multiple open windows or complex pages on those browsers. They only work with simple text-based websites.

You need to borrow books from your library on a PC.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 5:18:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2013 5:19:37 PM PDT
Charlie says:
I normally avoid using the Paperwhite browser unless I really, really have to, but your post got me curious.

I went online with the Paperwhite browser and checked a book out of the San Francisco public library. No problem, other than the normal clunkiness of the Paperwhite.

Then I tried from Northern California Digital Library consortium,
I run into the exact problem you describe, which is to be expected since your appears to be running the same Overdrive software as NCDL. I also tried searching for a book and selecting it for checkout before signing in. When sent to the sign in page, the same "stuck on local library selection" problem happened.

I suggest that you discuss it with your library and/or send it a bug report to OmniLibrary. I will be doing so for NCDL and Overdrive.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 7:12:53 AM PDT
lonbeehold says:
Ron, do you have a smartphone or tablet? You can borrow from either of these on the go and send the book to your PW. Much less clunky than trying to use the PW browser and very convenient.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 9:00:28 AM PDT
Charlie says:
OK Ron, I found a solution. It's a bit complicated to set up initially, but after that you just need to select a bookmark with your Paperwhite browser and it should work easily.

When you have access to both a PC and your Paperwhite, go to and go to the page where you have made the selection of your local library, but have not yet entered library card number.

Copy the URL and paste it into a text file.

Send that text file to your Paperwhite via the Personal Documents service.

It takes several minutes for Amazon to process the file. When it does show up on your Paperwhite, open the file.

The URL should be recognized as a URL and underlined by the Paperwhite.
Click on the link.

The webpage that opens should be the one where you enter Library card number, and if required, you PIN.

BOOKMARK this page! From now on, all you have to do is to open the Paperwhite browser and select this bookmark.

I just did this with my local consortium with what appears to be identical software and it worked

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 11:01:06 AM PDT
Ron Misfeldt says:
Thanks, Charlie! This was actually for a friend with a brand new Paperwhite, and she was considering sending it back due to this one feature. I'll let her know right away!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 11:04:00 AM PDT
Mike says:
Really, Ron? She's going to send the ereader back because the experimental browser isn't everything she wants? Does she want an ereader, or a tablet?

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 4:23:24 PM PDT
Charlie says:
Overdrive replied with a polite version of "get a real browser".

----------------------Start of quote -------------------------------

Thank you for contacting us, and we're sorry for the trouble you're having. The Kindle Paperwhite comes equipped with a very basic browser. The limited functionality of the Kindle browser means that certain features and functions on your library's website are unavailable when browsing from your device.

To browse your library's digital collection, please use a computer or mobile device that is equipped with a full-featured browser. That way, you will have access to the full functionality of the website.

Please let us know if there is anything else that we can do for you.6

Thank you,
OverDrive Support Services

--------------- end of quote ----------------------

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 4:29:07 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
They have a good point.
The browser on the Kindle PW is "experimental".

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 4:35:05 PM PDT
I'm not surprised. It's hardly a bug in Overdrive. Website designers usually test compatibility and functionality in major browsers, but no-one's going to claim the kindle experimental browser is one of those.

Not saying it wasn't worth a shot, though :-)

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 6:34:13 PM PDT
Charlie says:
Peachy Pat says "The browser on the Kindle PW is "experimental".

When I attempted to use the Paperwhite to access email one day, I called the Paperwhite _ many_ names, none as nice as experimental. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 10:30:58 PM PDT
Ron Misfeldt says:
She already has a Kindle Fire, but she loves the screen on the Paperwhite for reading in any light. She wanted the convenience of getting the books right from the device she's reading from.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2013 4:08:05 AM PDT
flipoid says:
She'll just have to realize that the Paperwhite's browser doesn't allow for that convenience. It's really *much* easier to browse library websites using a computer or tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2013 5:29:13 AM PDT
If you need a metaphor (and WHO doesn't love a good metaphor?!? Not this girl!), she needs to think of her Kindle as the "bookshelf" and the pc/laptop/mac/tablet/whatever as the car with which she drives to the bookstore/library to GET what she'd like to put on her bookshelf.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 5:23:21 AM PDT
Charlie says:
SIMPLE SOLUTION FOUND: to avoid the "stuck at library selection" problem, simply disable javascript in the Browser Settings.

Disable to log in, then re-enable javascript because it has to be on when you are redirected to the Amazon website during the final checkout process.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 9:45:01 PM PDT
Ron Misfeldt says:
Charlie, she used your original solution and it worked perfectly. Thank you, you prevented a returned Paperwhite, and we all know how great they are!

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 6:03:39 AM PDT
Charlie says:
Glad to hear it worked for her.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013 8:30:34 AM PDT
flipoid says:
Glad to know there's a way to get library books right from the Paperwhite. I may try that solution on my KK.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 8:56:15 AM PDT
lonbeehold says:
I find using my tablet/smartphone very easy and convenient for library book borrowing but I am going to try this method using my PW for my next loan. It's always nice to have another way to do things. Thanks for posting this, Charlie.

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 1:33:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2013 1:34:06 PM PDT
Has anyone tried reading a Google book with the Paperwhite browser?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 10:42:00 AM PDT
Charlie -- you are a wonderful discussion forum member.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2013 11:57:46 PM PST
I just bought my 1st kindle today, sale of $40 off making the basic kindle with no light to hurt the eyes. I'm wondering if it can access the web to read Google books too. From a web browser.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 5:28:12 AM PST
Just bought the new Paperwhite when my one year old Paperwhite just had a white screen (tried rebooting, etc but there wadn't even menu buttons). Browser worjed ok till I got to one web site and it will never get off that website (it won't show me the contextual menu there, either). Can this be renedied or do I need to return it?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 5:53:09 AM PST
~nospin says:
Try a reboot.
Hold the power button in for 30 seconds ignoring any messages.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2013 6:18:20 AM PST
If you had a Sony Reader you could check out and download books from the library right on your Reader. Too bad Sony has abandoned the US market and are no longer available new.
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