Downloadable EBooks Now Available for Kindles!

posted Sep 30, 2011, 8:40 AM by Erica Hanke-Young

Amazon Kindle® is now compatible with Marion Carnegie Library’s eBook collection! This update allows most existing OverDrive eBooks to be read on all Kindle devices or to use free Kindle apps on iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ and other mobile devices. Access the library’s downloadable eBooks at http://silibraries.lib.overdrive.com/. This service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your Marion Carnegie Library card. Other local libraries offering this service include Carbondale, Eldorado, Harrisburg, Herrin and Murphysboro. Crab Orchard Public Library will begin offering this service in December.

All browsing, searching and checkout of eBook titles will remain the same at MCL’s Virtual Branch website. When a user checks out a Kindle Book, a “Get for Kindle” link will be presented that opens a new window (or tab) at Amazon prompting the user to login to their Amazon account. Fulfillment will occur at Amazon’s website so users will need an Amazon account to access the library eBook in the Kindle format. No purchase or credit card is required to create an Amazon Kindle account; users only need to provide an email address.

Once signed in, the user will select which Kindle device or free Kindle app they want to deliver the title to for reading. At launch, browse, check out and fulfillment of Kindle Books can be completed from web browsers on PC and Mac, iPad and numerous other tablet devices. Amazon will provide technical support for Kindle Book related issues.

Following the launch of Kindle compatibility, OverDrive will continue adding platform enhancements to streamline the user experience. A new navigation feature coming soon is called “OverDrive GPS™” (Guided Product Selector). OverDrive GPS will be a user-friendly addition that simplifies the product selection process by prompting users to ask what they are looking for (e.g., Read eBooks or Listen to Audiobooks) and how they want to use it (e.g., Kindle or iPod®)

Once the user’s GPS is set, all browsing and search activities will display only titles that match their settings. For example, for users who want to “Read an eBook” on “Kindle,” their Virtual Branch experience will display only eBooks that can be read on a Kindle device or with a free Kindle app. It will work the same for those who set GPS to “Listen to an audiobook” on their “iPod.”

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