Get ‘Em While They’re Hot: Kindle E-books Now at the Library

The wait is over. Kindle e-books are now available at the Kansas City Public Library. Users of the Amazon Kindle e-reader and mobile or web-based Kindle apps now have their choice of more than 2,000 titles, all free with a Library card.

With the addition of Kindle compatibility, the Library is now able to provide e-books for the vast majority of e-readers and mobile devices, such as the Nook, Kobo, iPad, and any smart phone or tablet PC with app capability. (Get full instructions for using e-readers with our collection.)

But considering that the Kindle – the most popular e-reader in the world – has for years been incompatible with school and public libraries, our patrons online seem thrilled with this new service.

“I’ve already downloaded several books,” said one patron on our Facebook Wall. “The process is so easy, and it’s great that I can get and return my books without leaving the house (my two-month-old thanks you, too!).”

The process does look pretty easy, and if you have a wi-fi Kindle, you can do it from anywhere with an Internet connection. To see how it works, take a look at this video produced by OverDrive, the Library’s e-books provider.

If you’re ready to start checking out e-books for your Kindle, head to our OverDrive catalog and do an Advanced Search for Format: Kindle Books.

Learn about other e-reading resources and get step-by-step downloading instructions in our online e-books tutorial.

About the Author

Jason Harper is the web content developer at the Kansas City Public Library. A former journalist, he has been tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, and YouTubing for the Library since 2010.