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OverDrive Kindle compatibility is here!

KindleGraphicNowAvailable Kindle compatibility is now available for almost all ebooks in the Digital Download Center. (Audiobooks are not Kindle-compatible.)

How to identify Kindle-compatible ebooks

"Kindle Book" is an additional format that may be listed for ebook titles. The number of copies available to check out has not increased, but for ebook titles where multiple formats are available, patrons will have a choice of format.

Kindle devices supported

Supported Kindle devices include any generation Kindle device, all free Kindle apps, and web browsers with Kindle Cloud Reader. Public library ebooks require an active Wi-Fi connection for wireless delivery to a Kindle device. An Amazon.com account is also required.

How to download a title for use with Kindle

  1. Visit the Digital Download Center.
  2. Browse and check out a Kindle book.
  3. Click the 'Get for Kindle' button. This opens the Amazon.com website. You may be required to sign in with your Amazon.com account if you are not already logged in.
  4. Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app. Click the 'Get library book' button and sync your device or app to download the book, or choose to send it to your device via USB.
  5. An active Wi-Fi connection is required for wireless delivery to a Kindle device. Library books will not be delivered via the Kindle's 3G connection.
  6. If your Kindle is not Wi-Fi capable or you do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, read Amazon's instructions for transferring files via USB.

Help documentation


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I have a friend with a Kindle who tried this today. Here's her feedback:
Not too much success yet. I can get all the way to the amazon interface and when I try to download the book, I get a message that my kindle doesn't support wifi, which is absurd since it does and I have no problem downloading purcheased books (-: So I tried sending a library loan to my amazon for PC acct and then was told it couldn't be accessed. Will try playing with it later as I need to get back to work. I think it'll be awesome when I can get it to work.
Anyone want to troubleshoot?

Is it possible that your friend is trying to use the Kindle's 3G connection rather than Wi-Fi? Amazon makes a distinction between the two, and library books cannot be delivered via the 3G connection. Information about connecting the Kindle via Wi-Fi is here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_200127470_ksupport_wifi?nodeId=200690850

If you cannot get the Wi-Fi working, I recommend trying to transfer the ebook via USB. (I'm working on preparing a set of screen shots showing the process.)

For the error your friend saw when sending a library loan to their Amazon for PC account, could you provide more information about the steps that led to the error message, and the exact text of the error message? (This is still very new and we are all learning!)

Don't forget that WI library users can contact support to get troubleshooting help by filling out a support request: http://www.jotform.com/form/2733758317

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