Kindle owners can download eBooks from the libraries |

Kindle owners can download eBooks from the libraries

Amy ShipleyGarfield County Public Library DistrictPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Emily Hisel Garfield Public LibrariesKindle owners can now check out books through the Garfield Public Libraries website.

Did you receive an Amazon Kindle for a holiday gift last year or find one on a great sale and buy it for yourself? Have you found yourself frustrated by the lack of functionality Kindle had with free downloadable eBooks from your library? Be frustrated no more. As of late September, the Amazon Kindle is now compatible with eBooks from your local library. The Amazon Kindle is so far maintaining its large chunk of the eBook reader market share, and Garfield County Libraries are delighted to finally be able to provide eBooks to people with Kindles. The Kindle eBooks are compatible with any generation of Kindle, as well as with apps you might have on other devices such as mobile phones or tablets.EBook downloads from your library are available all day, every day, and no late fees will ever be assessed on eBooks because the book automatically returns itself when the checkout period is over. If you still need the book, you can check it out again or place a hold on it if someone else was waiting for it. The Kindle eBooks from the library have the same features as the eBooks you might have purchased from Amazon, including bookmarks, notes and highlights. If you really like a book but the checkout period is at its end, you can check the same title out again and all your notes and highlights will be preserved.Libraries are passionate about advocating for lifelong learning and literacy. Providing eBooks to our patrons is one way we advance that goal. The Garfield County Libraries currently have access to approximately 1,300 eBooks, and we add more on a regular basis. Of those, almost all are compatible with the Kindle. However, if you do not own a Kindle, other eBook readers are compatible as well. To access eBooks at your library, visit and browse to the Books & More page. Click the image that says “download audiobooks, eBooks, video, music.” Browse to the title you want to check out and continue from there. You’ll need your library card, so make sure to have it handy. If you get stumped by the process, try clicking on the “MyHelp!” image on the left sidebar of the Overdrive catalog. Often online help tools can be more frustrating than helpful, but this one is actually user friendly and useful. You can also contact your library today for help downloading eBooks to your device. So get out your Kindle and have fun selecting from our ever-expanding eBook collection.

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