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 Amazon.com:
- Visit the website of a U.S. library that offers digital services from OverDrive.
- Check out a Kindle book (library card required).
- Click on “Get for Kindle.” You will then be directed to Amazon.com to redeem your public library loan. You may be required to login to your Amazon.com account — or create a new account — if you’re not already logged in.
- 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?