The hoped for program between public libraries and Amazon to deliver books free to your Kindle device or app is now live in beta (read more via mashable). Apparently there are 11,000 libraries across the USA already participating!
I just downloaded a book Acts of Malice by Perri O'Shaughnessy for a 21 day check out at no charge from the Hennepin County Library (Minneapolis)! The book was actually delivered via my Amazon account. A purchase would have cost me $7.99 from Amazon.
To check if your library is partcipating do the following.
- Google your library and "Overdrive"
- Visit your library's Overdrive site
- Log in with your local library card
- If you're lucky, Kindle books will be listed
If you're library is participating, install Overdrive on your Kindle device (iPad, etc). Here is the iTunes link. For instance, here is the Hennepin County Library Overdrive Service. I guess libraries are truly entering the digital age! Here are some images from my checkout process. My library has over 17,000 digital books available.
Click to maximize any image. The first image is my local library's digital library page.