Finally! Public Libraries can now lend eBooks for the Amazon Kindle.
How to borrow ebooks for your Kindle:
2. Browse and check out a Kindle book.
3. Click the ‘Get for Kindle’ button. This opens the Amazon.com website. You may be required to sign in with your Amazon.com account if you are not already logged in.
4. Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app. Click the ‘Get library book’ button and sync your device or app to download the book, or choose to send it to your device via USB.
5. An active Wi-Fi connection is required for wireless delivery to a Kindle device. If your Kindle is not Wi-Fi capable or you do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, see Amazon’s video tutorial or written instructions for transferring files via USB
Kindle compatibility with library eBooks also takes full advantage of Amazon’s Whispersync technology. If you check out the eBook again at a later date or choose to purchase the eBook from the Kindle Store, all of your notes, bookmarks and highlights will be preserved. The last page read will also be synced between your Kindle and free Kindle reading apps.
How To Check Out a Kindle eBook from the Library
How To Return A kindle eBook Early
Have you tried borrowing ebooks from the library for your new e-reader, but gotten stuck? We’re here to help.
First, A librarian dedicated to providing assistance at the information desk at each library location.
Secondly, Library folks in the county have made a series of instructional videos on how to borrow ebooks, transfer them to your device, and return them early.
Additionally, NOPL librarians have written out step-by-step directions:
HOW TO DOWNLOAD E-BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY ONTO YOUR E-READER
What do I need?
- A compatible e-reader (Click here for a list of which devices are compatible with which formats from the digital catalog.) If you’re borrowing Kindle books, click here. The download process is different.
- A valid library card and PIN
- A computer with an internet connection
- Download Adobe digital editions http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/
- Download the software for your e-reader.
How do I get a library e-book?
- Go to www.nopl.org
- Click on the big purple Overdrive rectangle.
- Click on one of the e-books links (be careful you are not selecting an audiobook).
- Titles with a link that says add to cart are available for immediate use. Titles that say add to digital reserve list are currently out, but a hold can be placed. (NOTE: Adding to your Wish List is for your personal use only; Adding an item to your Wish List does not put you in line for that item.)
- Find the title you want and click on add to cart
- Click on proceed to checkout
- Put in your library card and PIN number
- Choose your preferred lending period and click on confirm checkout
- Click the button that says “Download.”
- It should download into your Adobe Digital editions.
How do I get it onto my e-reader?
- Connect your e-reader to you computer
- It should appear in the left hand side of Adobe Digital editions
- Click and Drag the title into the e-reader
How do I return it?
- Titles are checked out for 2 weeks by default, but this setting can be adjusted to a 7-day or a 21-day loan from within “My Digital Account”–>”Lending Periods”.
- They automatically are deleted from your computer when your time is up. After the loan period it will be deleted from your e-reader the first time you plug it into your computer.
- There are no renewals. You can check it out again if no one is waiting for it.
What is freegal?
freegal is a downloadable music service, like iTunes, available from your library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. With access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, it offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels, all without having to download special software or have any digital rights management (DRM) issues to deal with.
What’s my library card number?
It’s the fourteen-digit number on your library card.
What’s my PIN?
If you have never set a unique PIN (Personal Identification Number), try the last four digits of your phone number. If you have forgotten, or would like to reset your PIN, call or stop in at any NOPL library.
How much music is on this site?
New music is added daily but it’s safe to say that there are thousands of artists, tens of thousands of albums, and hundreds of thousands of songs. The freegal site has over 100 genres of music and is rich in many of them. The content is based upon a license with Sony Music Entertainment, owner of 54 different music labels. You can read more about Sony and its artists at www.sonymusic.com.
How many songs can I download?
You may download up to three songs per week. On Sunday at 12:00 a.m. your counter will be set back to zero. After that time you can download three more songs over the following week. You may add to your “wish list” anytime.
How will I know how many downloads I’ve used?
In the upper right corner of the freegal site is your download allotment, and the ticker helps you track it. For instance if it says 1/3, you have 3 downloads for the week and you have used up 1.
How do I download a song?
It’s easy! When you’ve selected an artist and song you want, click on the ‘Download Now’ link next to your chosen song. At the prompt, select ‘Save’ and choose where you want to save the song.
If you’re not presented with a prompt, try right-clicking the link and choosing the option to save the link (i.e. Save Target As, Save Link As, or Download Linked File, etc.). This will let you choose where to save your song. The files are downloaded in an MP3 format, and can then be played, transferred or burned to a CD.
Note: Anytime you click on the “Download Now” link, even if you decide to cancel it, the download will count towards your weekly allotment.
Can I download a whole album?
Songs are available on an individual basis only. You can choose, over time, to download all the songs on an album. However, previewing a song will help you decide if you have favorites and don’t want them all.
What is the song clip?
The song clip is to the left of the song title. The song clip allows you to preview a song, so you can decide whether or not you want to use your allotment of downloads on a new song. To listen to the song clip, click on the arrow to the left of the track.
What are the different ways to search for a song or artist?
The freegal site is set up to browse or to search. You can use the bar across the top to browse by genre or by suggestions. You can use the grid at the bottom right to browse by artist in alphabetical order. You can search by artist, song, album or keyword. Expanded search options are under advanced search.
- Start by browsing
- Choose “See All” under Genre to see how the music is organized.
- The site’s catalog wasn’t arranged by librarians! Artists are listed alphabetically by first name, and groups with names that begin with “the” (The Flatliners, for example) are found under “T”.)
- Don’t give up immediately if you don’t find what you’re looking for. Artists/performers may not be listed where you expect them to be. Use the advanced search if you get few or no results.