Borrowing e-books is a lot like borrowing regular books from the library. Instead of going to the library, you can simply go to your library’s Web site to search for the book you want.

Here’s the instructions for our library to borrow Kindle Books:

  • Browse and check out a Kindle book.
  • Click the ‘Get for Kindle’ button. This opens the website. You may be required to sign in with your account if you are not already logged in.
  • Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app. Click the ‘Get library book’ button and sync your device or app to download the book, or choose to send it to your device via USB.
  • An active Wi-Fi connection is required for wireless delivery to a Kindle device.
  • If your Kindle is not Wi-Fi capable or you do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, read Amazon’s instructions for transferring files via USB.

You’ll need a library card to check out an e-book, which will then be sent to your Kindle. (After you’ve checked out a book, you are redirected to Amazon’s site, to log-in to their account before the book begins downloading.)

Just like any other library book, the amount of days you can borrow an e-book is limited. Amazon will kindly send you a reminder three days before your e-book is overdue. Unlike a real library book, you can take digital notes on the pages of your e-books. Even when you return your e-book, you can still access your notes. And if you ever check out that book again, the notes will all be in place.

What do you think of electronically borrowing books from the library?