Amazon’s latest perk allows you to borrow books from your local library and wirelessly download them to your Kindle device. Users have been able to do this for some time using the Overdrive Media Console, but today’s announcement brings branded Kindle integration with your local library. (With a library card and a free application, Overdrive Media Console, you can download free e-books and audiobooks to your iPhone (and any other iOS device), BlackBerry, Android device, or computer). The update cuts out the time-consuming process of downloading and transferring borrowed e-books manually. 11,000 libraries in the U.S. are participating in the program, and you can start borrowing the books immediately. Just remember that like physical books, libraries have a limited number of copies they can check out, so you will likely be waitlisted for popular titles.
Here’s how to check out a free e-book from your local library:
- Grab your library card and head to your local library’s Web site. Each library’s site will differ, but if there’s a dedicated e-book section on yours, go there.
- Find the book you want to check out, and add the Kindle book to your cart. If you don’t see the option for Kindle available, you can still get the e-book on your device using these instructions.
- Once the check out process is complete, you’ll be redirected to your Amazon.com account to finish the process. Choose to read the book on your Kindle, then connect your device to Wi-Fi to download it.