Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Q: Can Kindle users borrow ebooks from the library or download free ebooks online?

A: At this point, Amazon's Kindle won’t let you read library's ebooks. Let’s hope things will change in the future. However, you can download many free ebooks from the following websites to your Kindle according to Amazon.com.

Internet Archive - Over 2.5 million free titles
Internet Archive is a non-profit dedicated to offering permanent access to historical collections that exist in digital format. Provides over 2.5 million free ebooks to read, download, and enjoy.

1. Visit archive.org.
2. Search for a title or browse one of the sub-collections like American Libraries.
3. When viewing a title, click the link on the left labeled "Kindle (beta)" to download the file to your computer.
4. Attach your Kindle to your computer using your USB cable and drag the file to the "Documents" folder on your Kindle. You can also e-mail the file to your Kindle using Whispernet for wireless delivery (charges may apply).
5. Open the ebook from your Kindle's home screen and enjoy.



Open Library - Over 1 million free titles
Open Library's goal is to provide a page on the web for every book ever published.

1. Visit openlibrary.org.
2. Search for a title and make sure to check the 'Only show eBooks' checkbox.
3. When viewing a title, click the 'Send to Kindle' link next to the edition in which you're interested.
4. You will be directed to Amazon.com to choose a device for wireless delivery using the Kindle Personal Document Service (charges apply).
5. Open the ebook from your Kindle's home screen and enjoy.



Project Gutenberg - Over 30,000 free titles
Project Gutenberg, one of the original sources of free ebooks, is dedicated to the creation and distribution of eBooks.

1. Visit gutenberg.org.
2. Search for a title or browse the book shelves by topic.
3. When viewing a title, scroll down to the 'Download this ebook for free' section and click the download link for 'Mobipocket' or 'Mobipocket with images' format.
4. Attach your Kindle to your computer using your USB cable and drag the file to the "Documents" folder on your Kindle. You can also e-mail the file to your Kindle using Whispernet for wireless delivery (charges may apply).
5. Open the ebook from your Kindle's home screen and enjoy.


ManyBooks.net - Over 26,000 free titles
ManyBooks.net provides free ebooks as a service to the Internet community at large.

1. Visit manybooks.net.
2. Search for a title or browse by genre.
3. When viewing a title, choose the "Kindle (.azw)" option on the right hand side and click the 'Download' button.
4. Attach your Kindle to your computer using your USB cable and drag the file to the "Documents" folder on your Kindle. You can also e-mail the file to your Kindle using Whispernet for wireless delivery (charges may apply).
5. Open the ebook from your Kindle's home screen and enjoy.
*If you have any questions, feel free to email Ping Electronic Resources librarian.

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