Kindle Books From Your Local Public Library

Kindle Latest Gen retrofit for the M-Edge Guardian Case Now this is an interesting concept… checking out books from the public library, on my Kindle.  This is a relatively new feature, announced at Amazon on September 21st, 2011.

When my children were young we visited the library every single week.  There was always a large stack of children’s books on the nightstand and I read books to my children every single night before they went to sleep. It was not uncommon for me to read ten books to them each night.  It was such a peaceful way for my children to drift off to sleep each night.

When we moved from the big city to this rural area I managed to hold onto my Phoenix Public Library card since one of my sister’s utility bills was in my name.  Otherwise it would cost me $40 a year to maintain a library card.  I used the library for a couple of years, but then as I became more busy I found that I was losing books and forgetting to turn them in and that was beginning to cost a pretty penny in late fees.  Eventually I just stopped using the library.  Out where I live there is a tiny library, and I’ve only visited once.

I have wanted a Kindle since they first came out, but I wouldn’t let myself buy one since they were pretty expensive initially.  If I remember correctly, they were close to $300. When the price finally dropped to under $150, I splurged and bought myself one.  I have not been sorry for one moment.  I really enjoy my Kindle.

But did you know that you don’t need to own a Kindle to read Kindle books, or check out Kindle books from your local library?  You can use Kindle for PC – which I love – especially with the books I’m constantly referencing to share information with others.  All of my books can be accessed on my PC and it’s simple to do searches, and I can also copy and paste from Kindle for PC into an email or blog post.  There are also Kindle Reading Applications for those of you with Smartphones or Android Phones, iPhones, iPads and more.  So you don’t need a Kindle to actually check out public library books.

I just love the idea of being able to check out books, without having to actually go to the library in person!  No more late fees due to overdue or lost books!  Now if I’m interested in a book, I can check it out first, instead of buying it.

I called the Phoenix Public Library to find out about getting a card… not relishing the thought of paying $40 a year to check out books since I live out of the county, and since my sister now has her utility in her own name.  I asked if I could possibly use my work address, which is in Phoenix.  I know one of the ways you can “prove” your address is to bring in a piece of mail with your name and address, and I get a few pieces of junk mail at work.  The lady I talked to said that would be fine, in fact she said I don’t even have to bring in a piece of mail, just tell them my job’s street address and that works.

I’m planning to stop on the way home from work one day next week and get a library card.   There is said to be over 11,000 books currently available.  Apparently the library will purchase a few Kindle copies of each book so there may be a waiting list to get that book because the copies will all be checked out. I can’t wait to try this out.

The process is pretty easy for checking out Kindle books from the library, this quote from


  1. Visit the website of a U.S. library that offers digital services from OverDrive.
  2. Check out a Kindle book (library card required).
  3. Click on “Get for Kindle.” You will then be directed to to redeem your public library loan. You may be required to login to your account — or create a new account — if you’re not already logged in.
  4. Choose to read the book on your Kindle device, free reading app, or Kindle Cloud Reader.


Have you heard about this new option?  Have you used it? Do you think you’ll use it?

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12 comments to Kindle Books From Your Local Public Library

  • Hey thanks! I just checked my local library and they do carry Kindle books! I wouldn’t have known without your post!


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    @MoneyCone, you are quite welcome! I thought it was a pretty frugal thing in spite of the fact that my initial purchase of my Kindle may not have been considered frugal… I had planned to stop by the library and get a card set up but did not have a chance this past week. Hopefully soon because I do want to check it out!


  • Interesting. I didn’t realize the Phoenix Library had so many titles available.


  • I’ll definitely use this. What’s the downside? You can check the books out while you’re in your pajamas. How much more convenient could you get?


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Hi @Kosmo, so did you get a chance to try it yet? I am curious how long the loan period is… maybe the same as regular books? I love the thought of checking a book out and being able to turn it back as soon as I’ve finished reading it! Let me know if you get a chance to try it.


    Kosmo Reply:

    @Mrs. Accountability,
    Sadly, not yet. I never use the library in the city where I live, because the adjoining city (same metro area – you really wouldn’t know they are two different cities) has a library that’s much easier to get to and doesn’t charge for parking. However, my normal library has geographical restrictions for eBooks and doesn’t include me, and my card at my “hometown” library has expired and I need to get a new card. Soon, though.

    The checkout periods may vary by library and publisher. For most publishers, it probably doesn’t matter, since they’re getting paid for X copies, regardless of whether they are checked out.

    Harper Collins is the exception. Their licenses are good for 26 checkouts. After that, the book disappears. I chat a bit about that in this article:


  • OK, now we’ll have to get a Kindle. We are planning to move to an area in a couple of yrs. where we will be 40 min. away from a decent library. That’s awesome news; thanks! 🙂


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Hi @Emily! So you know the Kindle is down to $79 but I think it includes advertisements. I am not sure how annoying that would be but the price might be worth it. You’ll have to let me know if you get a Kindle, and how you like it. I do enjoy mine very much. Thanks for stopping and visiting! Mrs. A


    Emily Reply:

    @Mrs. Accountability, I heard a guy recently tell the story of someone who has practically got his Kindle for free by using one with ads, b/c every once in a while the offer for a $20 Amazon gift card for $10 shows up. Since he buys a lot of stuff from Amazon, he has taken advantage of that offer and therefore has nearly got his money back for the Kindle.

    Food for thought. 🙂


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    @Emily, awesome! That’s pretty cool. I’ve also read some great testimonials for swagbucks as a way to get Amazon gift certificates. You’ll have to let me know what you finally pay for your Kindle. 🙂

  • OK, I tried this out. Pretty slick. The one downside is that the books must be transferred via WiFi or USB. So if you have a 3G-only Kindle, you have to download to your computer and then transfer via USB. I’d consider this a pretty small obstacle, but I have a background in IT and might not be a good judge of the perceived complexity.

    A friend of mine has an older Kindle and was curious if there is anyway to get the ads on his Kindle (which is ad-free) … so a lot of people see the ads as a positive feature. The $20 for $10 Amazon gift cards are a great deal, obviously. It’s important to note that the ads appear on the screen saver and home page. You won’t suddenly see an ad as you flip pages in a book (that definitely would be annoying).

    I gave my thoughts on the various new Kindle models a few weeks ago. In my opinion, there isn’t any one model that’s perfect for everyone – it really depends on how you plan to use it.


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    @Kosmo @ The Soap Boxers, I also was able to get access and checked out the process. I thought it was interesting how it works — I put the book I wanted to check out into the cart, and was then taken to Amazon where I had to log in with my account there, and then could download the book. I didn’t know the 3G Kindles couldn’t hook in to wi-fi! That seems silly! To get access I initially thought I’d have to have a card with a library within the Phoenix Public Library system, but I checked in with the small town library about 25 miles from where we live and I was able to get a card with them, and then hook into the Phoenix system. The Kindle with advertisements does not sound too bad, especially if you get $10 off $20 Amazon coupons on a regular basis! Thanks again for the report back!


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