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Arlington Library eBooks Now Available on Kindle

by ARLnow.com September 21, 2011 at 11:49 am 8,494 16 Comments

Amazon Kindle users can now “borrow” eBooks from the Arlington Public Library web site.

Amazon announced today that its electronic reading device will now work with eBooks from 11,000 public libraries across the U.S. Borrowed eBooks will include “all the unique features of Kindle books, including real page numbers and Whispersync technology that synchronizes your notes, highlights, and last page read.”

“After a public library book expires, if you check it out again or choose to purchase it from the Kindle store, all of your annotations and bookmarks will be preserved,” Amazon said. All generations of the Kindle will be supported.

Arlington Public Library currently offers more than 3,500 Kindle-compatible books. Library users can wirelessly send an eBook to their Kindle device by logging into their Amazon account after checking the book out on the library’s web site. The service is free for all Arlington Public Library card holders.

“This is big news for… Kindle owners who have been waiting for years not to have to buy every book they want,” said library spokesman Peter Golkin.

The Arlington Public Library eBook system, managed by the digital content vendor OverDrive, is already compatible with the Barnes and Noble Nook, the Sony eReader and other eBook readers.

Anyone interested in learning more about eBooks and eBook readers can visit Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street) today and check out the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile. The 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer will be parked in the library’s East Parking Lot from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

“Visitors can view instructional videos, talk with expert staff and test the interactive computer stations, in an immersive, hands-on learning environment,” the library said on its blog. “Bring your questions, gadgets and shopping lists to get advice from the Library team of experts.”

  • Greg


  • rosslynM

    Is this service also compatable with kindle, nook, etc. apps on iphones and ipads?

    • Dave

      I was wondering the same thing, it would be awesome if any Kindle app (iPhone, Android, etc) could access the books.

      • SB

        Yes it is!

  • John B

    The OverDrive app has been available for the iPhone/iPad/etc for some time.

  • JimPB

    Way to go, ArlCoLibrary. This library is one of the most pro-active, effective public entities for continually improving and expanding its important and valuable services to the public, achievements that recently have been all the more significant because the library has had to cope with unwarranted budget whacks. Kudos and salutes to the library staff.

    • FunnyMunny

      The problem with libraries is there are so many millionaire librarians with Cadillac health plans and cushy hours that are soaking the public dry. We’ve got to stop coddling them so much. And you hardly ever see rich people in the library!. The private sector could do library-ing SO MUCH BETTER, don’tcha think 😉

      • LMB

        I’m very wealthy and I use the library all the time! I also buy books, but I really enjoy the library – always have, always will.

  • TDP


  • CrystalMikey

    Great news!

  • kingindc

    Awesome! But I went on the site and all the good books are checked out with wait lists. Hope the lines move quickly!

    • JimPB

      The wait lists are disappointing, of course. But the demand speaks well for the citizens.

      Wait lists could be reduced and selections expanded IF the ArlCo library was better supported financially.

      As a first step toward more adequate funding of the ArlCo library, I’d whack the county’s allocation for the production of videos (businesses can do their own, if they think the expenditure is worth while for them).

      • Greg

        Maybe follow the Netflix example and start whacking paper books….

  • J

    This is the kind of service that makes us the #2 place to live in the country.

  • MC

    Looks primarily useful for the kind of book you might want to skim through for a very specific need, and never consult again. It’s a very bland range of books, but I guess the library needs to cater to popular titles. I expect I’ll continue just buying Kindle books — the likelihood of finding what I want, when I want it, from such a small selection at the library is remote, and not worth the trouble.

  • I choose kindle to be my ebook reader because it’s use e-ink screen technology. I can read ebook for a long time. And with library ebook, i think a lot of people like it


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