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!
Open http://ebooks.nypl.org and select the option under All Formats to Kindle Books
Make sure to select available.
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.
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.
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.
An option guiding you to download the titles will appear. Click Get for Kindle.
You will then be redirected to the Amazon website. Click Get Library Book.
Sign in to your Amazon.com account.
Choose the Kindle name, device, or app that you would like to send it to.
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.
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A special thanks to my colleague Sherise Pagan for lending me her Kindle for the tutorial.