Consider today my gift to you. In the form of eBooks – free ebooks! – for your kindle.
Did you know, you can borrow books for your Kindle FOR FREE from your local library?! YUP!
Hold on to your pantaloons, I’ll tell you how.
Turns out that there are over 11,000 libraries around the United States that allow you to borrow eBooks and have them delivered directly to your Kindle FOR FREE. Just like you would any ol’ book from the library’s stacks. I KNOW.
(Ok, I can just hear someone saying. “Fran, they’re not really free. We pay taxes you know. *shakes finger*”
Yes, I know and you’re paying these taxes anyways so you might as well get some books out of it, ya know what I’m saying)
See, here I thought this was common knowledge but then I saw not one but two different people – tech savvy people no less! – freak on Twitter after they found this out. I was like How did you NOT know?! But then I realized not everyone is deeply involved in libraries and studying to be a librarian. So consider today’s post your public service announcement from your friendly [hopefully, soon to be] librarian.
You’re probably thinking, “oh, it’s probably the crappy eBooks, right?”. NO. It’s Best Sellers, Hot YA books, favorite authors! SO MANY BOOKS. In fact, your public library offers a better collection of eBooks than Amazon’s own Kindle Unlimited.
How, oh how!, do you get these free eBooks to your Kindle?
Those aforementioned 11,000 libraries subscribe to a service called OverDrive. To find out if your library subscribes you have two options – Go to your library’s website and see if they have anything on there about borrowing eBooks. They might call them “Media”, “eResources”, “Digital Books” or just plain ol’ “eBooks”. Look under headings like “Borrowing Materials, “Library Downloads” OR you can go to OverDrive.com and see if your library shows up! This is probably the easier option (note: if you’re affiliated to the Army – the libraries on post DO subscribe to OverDrive).
If you find your library does subscribe to OverDrive, you’ll need to head to your local library and activate your library account if you don’t already have one (for shame!) and/or get your online account information – you’ll need a username + pin.
Once you have that information you’ll be able to search for and check out books, some of the hot titles of the day might have a wait list, you can place holds, etc via OverDrive’s platform.
To have a book sent to your Kindle, simply click “Borrow” on the book you want, then “Download” -> “Kindle Book” -> “Select and Confirm”. You’ll be taken to your Amazon account, click “Get Library Book” on the big ol’ green box on the right hand side (in this box you’ll have have a chance to select where to send the eBook if you have multiple Kindles). And you’re DONE! Once your Kindle is connected to the internet, the book will automatically show up.
Enjoy! Go forth and read! No more excuses on reaching those yearly reading goals!