On September 22, I published an article titled Amazon To Offer Kindle ebooks Via Public Libraries. I wrote:
"Thousands of Kindle ebooks will soon be available for free in America through 11,000 local public libraries.
"To check out a book from a library, you must have a valid borrower's card from that library. In fact, I suspect this policy might revolutionize and re-invigorate libraries as never before."
The system is now in place and operational. Most of the 11,000 participating libraries are now lending books. Writing in the Ars Technica web site, Nate Anderson described his experiences borrowing library books with a Kindle. He writes, "Login to the system, usually by entering details like a library card number and PIN code, and you'll find a website straight out of 2002. Browsing a library's physical shelves remains far preferable to browsing the eMediaLibrary, but the site is serviceable, and finding specific books is simple enough."
You can read Anderson's article at http://goo.gl/dKe7o
While Nate Anderson used an actual Kindle device, keep in mind that the same process should work equally well on any device that has the Kindle application software installed, including Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7. Amazon also provides a Kindle Cloud Reader that works on Chrome and Safari web browsers, offering instant access from multiple devices. You could read the first part of a book using your desktop computer at home, then switch to a portable device when traveling on a commuter train or elsewhere to read further.
Details about all the supported computers may be found in the Kindle Store at http://goo.gl/ggAxr, look in the column to the left and click on the device of interest.
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