Thursday, January 3, 2013

Borrowing Library e-Books on your Kindle

While certainly not news, I’ve just learned how to borrow books from my local library on my Kindle.  Mind Blown! 

This program, offering in partnership with, Overdrive, and local libraries, provides much of a local library’s collection deliverable direct to your kindle. 

This program is available is a large number of systems including New York Public Library, Toronto Public Library, and Boston Public Library.  A full list can be found here:

Since I’m in Boston, BPL was my first stop.  Their program is open to any student or resident in Boston (however, there was no verification so it seems pretty open…).  The entire process from signup to download of my first ebook (Rework) took about 3 minutes.  Their guides are not clear, so here’s a quick 3 step guide to get your borrowing ebooks like a boss:

1. Get an ecard (  This enables you to access all BPL electronic resources. 


2. Head over to the over to and do a search (ie Rework)


3. Click Request This Download


4. The link will take you to Amazon – just log in and download your book!


Now that I’m back to reading something other than HBS cases this has been a life saver.  Amazon and BPL my brain and my wallet thank you!

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