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The Ultimate Guide to Free Library eBooks: Kindle Edition

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If it has happened to our patrons at the Grand Concourse Library and myself...

...then it must be happening somewhere else!

Here we are with our exciting new Amazon Kindles, and nothing to read except for Jane Eyre or Alice in the Wonderland — not that there's anything wrong with that!

But in this blog post, I am going to show you a couple of tips and tricks for getting books on your Kindle, even if the titles you want are unavailable.

If you are already familiar with accessing books via http://ebooks.nypl.org and just want to see the tricks, skip to Step #3.

What you need before you start...

  • An Amazon.com account that is linked to your Kindle (the username is usually the e-mail address you use to purchase items, and the password is whatever you deemed it to be).
  • Knowledge of your library card and pin number (a secret four-digit number you created when you applied for a library card (this number can be changed at any NYPL branch with proof of ID).
  • An Internet browser that can open various tabs within the same window.
  • Your Kindle Reader, or other device with the Kindle App.

If you're a newbie, let's begin!

Step #1

Open http://ebooks.nypl.org and select the option under All Formats to Kindle Books

Make sure to select available.

Step #2

Type in your desired book Title or author — Creator (recommended) in the search bar, and when it appears on the screen, click on the Add to e-list link and make sure that the copy reads Kindle book.

Step #3

You will be prompted to Log In to your NYPL account. Type in your library card number (14 digits) and your pin number (four digits).

This is when you have the option to continue browsing or proceed to checkout. For the sake of this tutorial, we will click proceed to checkout. If you continue browsing, you can add books to your list and then check them all out at once.

Step #4

You will be redirected to a page that allows you to choose how many days you'd like to check out your titles: 7 days, 14 days, or 21 days. Remember — it is not possible to renew ebooks, so choose your time wisely. Click confirm check out.

Step #5

An option guiding you to download the titles will appear. Click Get for Kindle.

Step #6

You will then be redirected to the Amazon website. Click Get Library Book.

Step #7

Sign in to your Amazon.com account.

Step #8

Choose the Kindle name, device, or app that you would like to send it to.

Step #9

The book should automatically appear on your Kindle app or on the home page.

Tips and Tricks

If the desired title is unavailable, but you are willing to wait for an item to become available, you don't need to click available titles in the search bar.

You can leave the default All Formats.

If you want to read anything now and don't care what it is as long as its the genre you like, you can type the genre in the search bar and select available titles.

E.g.: Type Romance > click available > select Kindle book

This will provide a list that will be delivered to you instantly.

There are more blog tutorials that are similar to this one. Check them out below:

 

A special thanks to my colleague Sherise Pagan for lending me her Kindle for the tutorial.

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kindle return date

the checked out ebook will remain on your kindle until you use the wifi, so you can have an extra day or two if you didn't allow enough time for reading it.

Your "Ultimate Kindle" assistance for patrons is the best!

Hello, Ruth: My name is Matthew Boylan and I am a Senior Reference Librarian with ASK NYPL. I find that your "Ultimate" Kindle Assistance page and instructions with helpful screen shots for patrons is the best one available on the NYPL webpage. And I use it - many times a day - when I am (repeatedly) asked for assistance with downloading from eNYPL to Kindles by (often) elderly and computer challenged NYPL patrons. Congratulations on a job well done! Best, Matt Boylan

kindle and library books

i have a library card, but have no idea where it is...i also do not remember putting numbers in, although according to instructions i must have...how can i get all this information so i can get a book i need to start reading for class, onto my kindle..thanks lois fields

Hi Lois, you can call or

Hi Lois, you can call or email <a href="http://ask.nypl.org">Ask NYPL</a> (917-ASK-NYPL) to check the status of your account. If you lost your card you should let us know so that we can give you a new number. We can also tell you if your card is expired, because if you haven't used it in a while it might be and you'll need to provide proof of residency again. Hope we can get you reading soon.

eBooks - no renewal?

Lets say the time elapses for the eBook, and it disappears from my device, and I can't renew it. If I haven't finished yet, can I just check out the same eBook again? Download it again right away and go to where I left off?

eBooks - no renewal?

Hi, Jason: This happened to me recently. I borrowed an ebook from Brooklyn Public Library and after the expiration date I could not find it anymore on my device. So, I just found the ebook in the library catalog and clicked on the download link again. Voila! I had the ebook waiting for me on my device. If you were using a kindle app or device and made any highlights or annotations for yourself it will all be there for you (thankfully saved by kindle). Hope this helps. Good luck!

eBooks - no renewal?

Hi, Jason: This happened to me recently. I borrowed an ebook from Brooklyn Public Library and after the expiration date I could not find it anymore on my device. So, I just found the ebook in the library catalog and clicked on the download link again. Voila! I had the ebook waiting for me on my device. If you were using a kindle app or device and made any highlights or annotations for yourself it will all be there for you (thankfully saved by kindle). Hope this helps. Good luck!

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