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Subject: Kindle Library Lending through Overdrive available
Date Posted: 9/21/2011 10:57 AM ET
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DailyCheapReads.com is reporting that library lending is up and running:

 press release here.
 

From DailyCheapReads.com:  For more complete information about borrowing library books for your Kindle or free Kindle apps, go to this link.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 11:15 AM ET
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YES! I just checked out a book! Now to see if its on my Kindle yet, the servers seem a bit busy today! 21 day check out from the Free Library of PA! Yep it came over the wifi connection right away. Very cool! Just as easy as I was hoping! Now to find something I want to read lol



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Date Posted: 9/21/2011 2:38 PM ET
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Yes it is. I just got two books from my library. There are waiting lists already for Kindle books.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 2:54 PM ET
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Maybe I'm not seeing it, but my library's Overdrive site is still not even showing Kindle as an option. If anyone is able to post a screen shot of what it is supposed to look like, I would appreciate it.

ETA:  I have access to two library systems and the Kindle books are showing in one system but not the other.



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Date Posted: 9/21/2011 3:34 PM ET
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Yes!  I just checked out a book through my library.  Easy as pie.:)

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 4:28 PM ET
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Welcome to the dark side!!!!

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 5:24 PM ET
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My local library doesn't have overdrive.  Is there a link somewhere that will let me look for one near me that does?

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 6:25 PM ET
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I just bumped a thread that has all the information you need to know about using the library and Overdrive with your Nook/Kindle/Sony.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 9:05 PM ET
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Here's the link to the overdrive site. Click on Sign In and you can choose the area you're in and see what libraries are available.

http://reads.lib.overdrive.com/5D3CDFE7-1168-4B7C-BD90-6621A35C9567/10/391/en/default.htm

 

What I want to know. Does every library have access to the same books? I checked one out through my local library. I also have access to a library in another county, but have to pay a $10 yearly fee, so our card is expired right now. It's not worth the $10 to get access to the same Kindle books as I can get through my local library. Does anybody know the answer to this?

Nancy W. - I couldn't find the thread you're talking about, so I just figured I'd ask here.

Thanks!

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 9:09 PM ET
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Different libraries have different selections.  But libraries often do group together into a larger group, sharing eBooks.



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Date Posted: 9/21/2011 9:21 PM ET
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Glenda, you don't need a library card to look at a library's selection on Overdrive.  So you can go to the sites for both of your library systems and see which one has more.  The system in my parish has only 500 ebooks, but the next parish over has 7,000, and the one where my parents live has 21,000!  so it is a big spread. 

And the link you posted only shows the libraries in Tennessee, not everywhere.  However, you can go to overdrive.com where there is a place to put in your zip code and it will tell you all of the libraries in your area that use Overdrive.



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Date Posted: 9/21/2011 9:34 PM ET
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Christa - Sheesh! Not sure what I was thinking. That was a TN map, wasn't it? angel  You mean there's a world beyond?

It seems that the 2 I have access to have pretty much the same books. At least as far as what I looked for on my wish list. I guess maybe larger communities with larger libraries have more choices?

So, my next question. I added everything I wanted (that I found) to my wishlist. Only 2 books were actually available. If I put one of the books on hold, what happens if I'm not ready to read it right when my turn comes? For instance, if I put a mystery on hold and then my turn for it comes up and I'm in the middle of another mystery. I don't usually like to read 2 of the same kind of book one right after the other. I couldn't find anything in the "help".

Thanks

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 10:48 PM ET
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Our system give us a specific number of days after the email. Then will skip me. I have to go back on the bottom of the WL. (The number is in the email telling me the book is available.)

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Date Posted: 9/22/2011 12:03 AM ET
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Ok, if I get a few days before downloading then I should be fine. Am I right in assuming that I can't renew after the first 2 weeks? It never takes me that long but stuff does happen.
Date Posted: 9/22/2011 2:40 AM ET
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Glenda, i've got access to 4 different libraries (all Overdrive with different selections), and all of them give you the same 3 days to download after you get notified that the book is available.  though you may have to watch your spam folder - i missed a few books because DH cleaned out the spam folder and had to re-request and go back to the bottom of the waitlist.  i *had* the libraries whitelisted, but a couple of them changed the email address that the notifications came from without mentioning it.

you cannot renew ebooks (at least through Overdrive).  when you checkout the ebook (no matter which kind), you get to pick the time length from a dropdown list.  it seems most libraries give you a choice of 7, 14, and 21 days, but one of mine only allows 7 or 14.  different libraries may also have different limits for the number of books you're allowed to have checked out or on hold at a time.

for the Adobe epub or Kindle books, you can check them out for the longest time possible and then just check them in early if you finish sooner.  with epub you can check them in from ADE, with Kindle you do it from amazon's 'Manage My Kindle' page.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 7:19 AM ET
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Tanks, Ellen. Lots of good info. About returning them. Do I HAVE to do that? Or will it just disappear when the time is up? (Assuming I don't finish early) I'm wondering about a late fee or something. I know my library should be able to tell me this stuff, but they're not even telling people about it yet.
Date Posted: 9/22/2011 10:03 AM ET
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i got my first kindle library book - the vampire lestat by anne rice , it works easy as could be.

my library offers 7, 14, or 21 day loan period.

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Date Posted: 9/22/2011 11:04 AM ET
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no late fees.  the adobe books expire in the adobe book manager when the time is up.  Not sure on kindle yet but I would guess the same sort of thing. will show as expired on amazon & you wont be able to load again to a device.

I don't think my book on the kobo reader actually expired tho.  I think that maybe if you don't update your reader, it may stay available.

I mostly do audiobooks and these also expire in media manager, but they stay on the mp3 player if you don't sync or remove them.

but I think you do agree to delete them when you are signing up for these kind of things.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 1:54 PM ET
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I assume that they will delete the next time your Kindle syncs, just like loaned books.  But yeah, they are "returned" to overdrive automatically.  If you aren't done with the book, you need to go check it out again, or re-request it again. 

My library has a 10 item limit, but no limit on requests.  So I have to be careful that I don't request too many things, because I've had it come up before where my turn came up by I didn't have any open spots to check the book out within the 3 days. 

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 1:56 PM ET
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No matter what library I type look for, they're all in the Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. program. So, I'm guessing they're all going to have the same books. Where are y'all seeing how many books a particular library has?

Sorry to ask so many questions here, but my local library doesn't know what they're doing yet.  I'm not even "supposed" to be able to download a book yet, and I've already started reading it. wink

ETA: Well, Nashville seems to have a different system. They have way more books. (Not that it helps me.) I guess most of the libraries are smaller and use the Tennesse R.E.A.D.S. and have the same books available. So, if I want to request that they get a book, I'm probably going to be out of luck.



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Date Posted: 9/22/2011 3:43 PM ET
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Check with the library in NAshville. They may be able to give you a free digital library card to use their ebook system. You cna access more than one system at a time. I've had stuff downloaded from my local, FLP, and another one I have access to all at the same time.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 3:53 PM ET
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Didn't know there was such a thing. All I found on their website was an out of county library card for $50 a year. Guess I could contact them and see, but I'm doubting it. Thanks for the idea! :)
Date Posted: 9/22/2011 6:12 PM ET
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For $50 a year, forget it. Do the Free Library of Philadelphia instead for $35 with a collection of 12, 000. Check out my ebook library thread for the contact info link.

Date Posted: 9/25/2011 11:14 AM ET
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I am enjoying the FLP now that I can have library books sent wirelessy from my Kindle. They have a lot of historical romance. I have 2 on my Kindle now. I have made up a wish list and also have a few items on hold. It's great! I recommend a Kindle for anyone who doesn't want to hassle with cords and Overdrive programs and all that, but wants ebooks from the library.

Although on second thought that capability might be available in the new T1 Sony (not yet released) so that is something to consider, as well.

Date Posted: 9/25/2011 9:54 PM ET
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I read somewhere that you can get a State of Hawaii public library card for something like $25 for 5 years. All the libraries seem to have lots of books, but not all of them are "good" books. When it comes to ebooks, there's a lot of junk out there. I've noticed that on the freebie Kindle offers from Amazon, too.

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