Your Kindle and your Public Library

I found that having 1 click buying available for my Kindle was too much of a temptation.  I now have a large, lovely collection of several hundred books in my “Cloud” many of which I have paid for.

I have found a Kindle to be a very good way to enjoy a large collection of written or audible material without having to haul around many, many pounds of books.

But I can’t afford to be constantly buying more kindle books.

Whats a reader to do?

Go to your local library or to a free e-books resource like http://www.gutenberg.org/   Project Gutenberg offers books in “kindle” readable format in both PDF and .MOBI forms.  I recommend the .MOBI for superior text flow when you change font size.

The PDF reader doesn’t allow the font to be easily expanded on some platforms like a Kindle touch or some other tablets/cellphones.  Try it out.  If the PDF format is not really usable for you on your reader then try another file format.  On the Kindle the .MOBI has been reliable and works well.

Many public libraries contract with a 3rd party provider and have thousands of Kindle and non-Kindle titles available.  My public library is making a good collection of fiction and non-fiction available without having to build-out the infrastructure to do it.

Once you “check out” an Kindle formated e-book the 3rd party vendor connects to Amazon.com to provide you with a copy of the e-book sent through your local WiFi connection.  You can also use the “manage my Kindle” feature at Amazon.com to return books early when you get done reading them.  My library has a 5 e-book limit.  And a default 7 day checkout.  So if you are going through books faster than that your really need to know how to check them back in early.

Amazon.com has a large collection of free and/or classic literature available.  You “buy” an e-book version with a $0.00 cost and it really doesn’t cost you anything.  You do need to download the e-book through a WiFi connection.