Kindle Compliment - Access to Free Books

Review by 152616 on 2011-12-09
I discovered that Kindle now allows people to "check out" books via their local libraries. Just like going to the library, you get the book for only a certain amount of days (In my case, I can have a book for 7, 14, or 21 days). I went to my local library yesterday and signed up for a "Library Card." This takes every bit of 3-5 minutes. When I left, I was able to download books from the library directly onto my Kindle for 3 weeks. It works exactly as I was told (I guess the book will disappear from my machine in 3 weeks).

Fabulous! As if you needed a reason to get a Kindle (Oh yes, the first reason is that you have any slight interest in *reading*. Duh). But when you get one, one of the first things you will probably explore is how many free books you can get (there are literally millions). After these books, what can you check out from the library? Well, anything you want to. Free books. Borrowed books. (And even books that you give as gifts). Kindle just keeps getting better and better and stronger and stronger.
Comments:8 Replies - Latest reply on 2011-12-09
Posted by Old Timer on 2011-12-09:
Good review and info. I have the Amazon Kindle app on my TouchPad. It's great, glad I got the TouchPad with extra memory, more room for more downloads and books. Will give the library option a try with the local library system.
Posted by Johanna on 2011-12-09:
Yes, but that book's imprint, if you will, stays in the cloud and it looks like the book is still there. But when you select it, it tells you that the borrowing period is expired and says you have to buy the book to continue reading.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-12-09:
I'll have to see what happens, clutzy. My understanding is that in three weeks, the book will "expire" and be removed from my machine. (I won't have to do anything.) If I want, and it's still available at the library (meaning no one else has checked it out), I can re-checkout the book.

If I have the book, and the library only has one Kindle issue to lend out, no one else can check it out while I have it.

No where have I seen I will be solicited to buy the book, but so what? I'm solicited ad nauseum.
Posted by redmx3racer on 2011-12-09:
I have a Kindle Fire, I'll have to check that out. Thanks.
Posted by lexophiliac on 2011-12-09:
I purchased a Kindle Fire and returned it unopened the next day. The intended gift recipient, a young child with a genius IQ, told me that if I really wanted to present her with an object of materialism this holiday, some stock would be nice.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-12-09:
Gold or silver might even be better.
Posted by lexophiliac on 2011-12-09:
She is leaning toward gold stocks as opposed to owning the metal.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-12-09:
Better still, if whatever she decides on is held in a Roth, when she's old and gray she'll avoid them nasty taxes!

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