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FAQ: Public Library for Kindle

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By Help Forum Community Manageramazon, 10-Apr-2012 13:34 PDT Permalink Report abuse

More than 11,000 libraries in the United States offer Public Library Books for Kindle to read on any generation Kindle device, free Kindle app, or in your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader. Public Library Books for Kindle provide the same unique features as Kindle and Kindle books, including Whispersync technology that synchronizes your notes, highlights and last page read, real page numbers, and more.

You can find the main Public Library for Kindle Help pages here:

Q: How do I know if my library supports my Kindle device?
A: Public library books for Kindle are available at libraries in the United States that offer digital services from OverDrive. From any computer, you can visit the webpage of an eligible local library, search for a book, and select a Kindle edition.

Q: How long can I borrow a book from my public library?
A: Availability of books and length of loan will vary by library. Check with your local library for more information about borrowing Kindle books or to see which books are available.

Q: I borrowed a book but I can't find it on my Kindle.
A: First make sure your Kindle's Wi-Fi connection is active. Public library books require an active Wi-Fi connection for wireless delivery to a Kindle device. Library books will not be delivered via your Kindle's 3G connection. If you are trying to send a library book to a Kindle device and you do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, you can load your library book via USB instead.

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.

To send the file to your Kindle via USB follow these steps:

1. Open the Manage Your Kindle page.
2. You'll see Your Kindle Library. To the right of the book title you want to transfer to your Kindle, click Actions. A public library book is identified by "public library" next to the title.
3. If you have more than one Kindle registered to the account, you will see a pop-up window asking you to choose one of your registered devices.
4. You may be prompted to open or save the file; choose "Save" and select a location that is easy to find again, such as the desktop.
5. Once the public library book file has been saved, connect your Kindle to your computer using the USB cable. Plug the larger end of the USB cable into an available USB port or a powered USB hub connected to your computer, and the smaller end into your Kindle.

When connected to your computer, your Kindle will go into USB drive mode and you won't be able to use the device. Your wireless service is temporarily shut off and you will not receive any of your subscriptions while in this mode.

Your Kindle will appear in the same location as external USB drives usually appear. For Windows users, this is typically in the "Computer" or "My Computer" menu. For Mac users, the drive will appear on the desktop.

6. Open the Kindle drive. You will see several folders inside, one of which will be named "documents." This is the folder you will move your downloaded Kindle content into.
7. Locate your downloaded public library book file, and drag and drop it into the correct file folder.
8. Safely eject your Kindle from your computer, and then unplug the USB cable. The public library book file you transferred will now appear on your Kindle Home screen.
When finished, use the safe removal method recommended by your computer's operating system.

Q: Do I need to join Amazon Prime to borrow books from my Public Library?
A: No, though as a member of Amazon Prime, you may access the Kindle Owner's Lending Library which lets you borrow one book a month. See the Kindle Owner's Lending Library for more information:

Q: How can I borrow books from my library if it does not support Overdrive?
A: This varies from library to library - you may want to ask them for more information. It may be necessary to transfer the book from your computer to your device via USB:
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Even more Frequently Asked Questions can be found here:

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