Home » Uncategorized » Checkout Kindle e-books from your local U.S. public library, if its in
kindle

Checkout Kindle e-books from your local U.S. public library, if its in

Some people will lead you to believe that the “dead tree edition” of books is a dying breed. That may be partly true, but not everyone wants to buy all of their e-books either. That’s why certian public libraries in the United States have started to lend out e-books for the Amazon Kindle handheld.

On paper (no pun intended), this sounds like a great idea. To this day, I still enjoy going to the public library to borrow books, DVDs, and all sorts of other content that I may not otherwise buy. This public resource is fantastic, especially for people who can’t afford to otherwise immerse themselves in this much content. And now e-books are part of the mix too.

However, the public library treats the digital copy of a book much like the paper version of a book. They have a certain number of copies and, if they are all currently borrowed, you have to put yourself on the waiting list. This is just like borrowing a physical book, probably because of copyright legalities. The convenience is that you can “borrow” the e-books from the comfort of your home, because they can be downloaded directly through your local library’s website (which will direct you through Amazon.com).

Since an e-book is treated like a physical book, you could find yourself on very long wait lists for popular e-books. Realistically, though, this is no worse than waiting for a physical book and I applaud the public libraries for making this big technological step.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Check Also

wii-oculus-rift-hoverboard

Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.

131129-amz

Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.

131129-google

Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games

131129-gtab

Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...

131128-diy

Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.

131128-apple

No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.