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Initial post: Apr 29, 2012, 5:47:21 PM PDT
Elleinad says:
Hi, I was hoping to maybe get some help from the board. My mom is nearly a shut in. She is an avid reader, but going to the library is almost not a possibility anymore. She has read so many books that I can't go to the library for her unless she gives me a list. Unfortunately, she is the type of person who just picks her books off of the shelf.

She is not tech saavy in the least! She doesn't have a computer and doesn't know how to use one. Teaching her to use a kindle should be a feat in itself, but I know she will be able to learn it. She is a fairly smart lady!

She has no internet service and funds are very limited. So, I thought about buying a kindle with 3G. I know that the newer kindles will only support 3G if you are buying from Amazon. I am pretty sure that someone said that the older 3G models are able to browse the internet??

Basically, I am wondering if there is a 3G model out there that she could use the 3G to access the library website to check out books? That way, she could come to visit, I could load her up with a bunch of free books, or other books I have purchased from Amazon, then put some books on reserve for her at the library.

The only hitch in that plan is if she can't access the library website using the 3G.

So, I know this is a lot of background, but I was hoping someone could help me out here. Thanks!

Posted on Apr 29, 2012, 5:51:08 PM PDT
I believe that most libraries require the person to bring in their device and side load the book... mostly due to publishers restrictions.

I think the best bet for her would be an e-ink kindle with 3G.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012, 5:57:21 PM PDT
♥ Ann says:
Not only would she not be able to check out library books via the web browser on a 3G Kindle, she would not be able to download any borrowed books to her Kindle. Library downloads are wifi only, and some publishers now require downloading to a computer and transferring via a usb cable.

You would need to check out books for her, and then download them to her Kindle when she visits you.

On the plus side, if her Kindle is registered to your account (or if you have access to her account), you can send free/purchased books directly to her Kindle over the 3G connection. She could also purchase books from the Kindle store on the device herself.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012, 5:59:03 PM PDT
GnomeEd says:
Also, there are lots of free kindle books on

Posted on Apr 29, 2012, 6:00:01 PM PDT
Artist says:
I don't know of any libraries that load books for you. You do it through the overdrive system at on your computer.

You do have to have a wi-fi connection in order to download most library books. The ones that don't require wi-fi instead require that you download them via the usb cord connected to your computer.

The Kindle Touch 3G can only access the Kindle store and wikipedia. Everything else requries a wi-fi connection.

The Kindle Keyboard 3g can access the Kindle store and the net, but it's slow and clunky and not meant to be a replacement for a computer.

f you're going to keep your mother's Kindle registered to your account, she will have access to all the books you purchase, including the ones that are free. She just has to turn on 3G for them to download if you send them to her Kindle.

Even if you download library books to your account for her, she'd either have to have a wi-fi connection to download them, or you'd have to move them over to her Kindle via the usb cord. The loan period starts when you download the book from the library site, not when you download it to a Kindle, so whether that would be a good thing depends on how often she visits you.

I hope my answers made sense to you. If not, feel free to ask about anything that wasn't clear to you.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012, 6:03:11 PM PDT
MaGold says:
Wow, I would get her a Kindle Keyboard with 3G ... then show her how to load free books ... or send them to her kindle from your computer. If she just likes to pick books off the shelf ... then she oughta love all the freebies available ... again, you could send them to her Kindle yourself, and she can just delete anything she isnt interested in reading. Soooo many free books, I rarely buy any.

Posted on Apr 29, 2012, 6:06:20 PM PDT
GnomeEd says:
I've seen some people post here about having over 10,000 free books! :)

I couldn't read that many in a life time!

Posted on Apr 29, 2012, 6:21:52 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I just helped one of my neighbors, a woman in her late 60's who's deathly afraid of tech stuff, buy a Kindle Keyboard with 3G. It arrived and she was supposed to let me know so I could show her how to use it but by the time I found out about it she'd already bought a couple of books and begun reading with it. I lost my chance to be a hero. :)

I'm not sure the Kindle Keyboard is the best choice but it's a good choice. I tried to talk her into getting a Kindle Touch, which I think is easier to use. I have both and I showed both to her, but she liked the KK better and she's overjoyed with it now. So I guess it wasn't a wrong choice after all.

The selection of books is so vast on Amazon, with so many free books, that, while library access would also be nice, it's not anything like a necessity. She'll have plenty to read. My neighbor, who also has very limited funds, was forced to read large print books before she got the Kindle and now her selection has greatly improved. It's also saving her a lot of money since big print books aren't cheap.


Posted on Apr 29, 2012, 6:24:32 PM PDT
B. Oconnell says:
Does her library offer free wifi? If so she would still have to go but at least not have to worry about lugging books to and from

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012, 3:05:34 AM PDT
my library might be weird, but you can't complete the checkout process using the library wifi. Not able to go from the Overdrive site to Amazon. It's intended to keep you from downloading to library PCs, but in effect it also prevents you from sending to your Kindle. Once the delivery is pending, then there is no problem.

So if you are thinking about using the Library wifi for the entire process you might want to check to see what restrictions your library might have in place.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012, 3:39:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2012, 3:43:07 AM PDT
Holly says:
There have been lots of good posts here about the mechanics of loading books from your library but I would like to make a comment about availability of library ebooks. You made the statement that when she came to visit, you could load her up with a bunch of free books. Depending upon what she reads, that may not be so easy. Most of what I read from the library I have to go on a wait list (just like for paper books) and then I only have 3 days to load the book once it becomes available before I lose my turn in line. If you see her regularly, this shouldn't be a problem, but if you don't see her much it could be a problem since you only have a short window to get the book if you have been on a wait list for it.

As others have said, there are lots of free and cheap books available that you could send to her Kindle, and she may not end up reading that much from the library.

Hope that makes sense.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012, 3:53:36 AM PDT
Def get it. If you don't want her on your Acct get her login info or set up the Acct and keep her email. You can log in and grab freebies for her. Its what I do for my fil. He hasn't bought a book yet and is a particular subject kind of guy. Since Xmas I've gotten him over 100 crime mystery books. Sends to him everywhere he goes when hes away on business. Handy as heck.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012, 11:28:35 AM PDT
Elleinad says:
Thanks, everyone! I have 2 kindles and almost all of the books I have checked out from my library were easily downloaded using my wi-fi. Too bad it can't be done using 3G! There have been just a couple that I have needed to download to my computer and then transfer via USB. Though it seems like more of them may be like that with all that is happening with loaning ebooks.

It sounds like any of them with 3G, and connected to my account, will work. Thanks for the suggestions!

Holly--I just meant the free ebooks offered on Amazon, or through other sites (Pixel of Ink, ereaderiq, Ereadernewstoday, etc.) I was just thinking that if she could download the library books using the 3G, I could just call when they were ready and she could get them. That way she could read some of her favorite authors. I guess those would have to be purchased through Amazon, or just checked out in paper format.
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