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Check out eBooks from Truckee Library

Teri Andrews Rinne
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; For the past six months, Nevada County Library card holders have been able download audio and eBooks to their computer, cell phone, iPod or other electronic devices via the LibraryToGo site on the libraryand#8217;s web page. Library users could access audio and eBooks by downloading free, required software to their desired device, browse the selection online, and then check out materials with their library card. One of the most frequently asked questions when this new service was unveiled was whether library users could download books to their Amazon Kindle. As a Kindle owner myself, I too was very interested in this possibility. Unfortunately, the answer was no, since Amazon used a proprietary platform on their Kindle product. However, as of last month, this has all changed. The company that Nevada County Library uses for its eBooks, OverDrive, has introduced Kindle compatibility.

and#8220;Kindle compatibility will allow public and school libraries to serve millions of new readers and extend their valuable community role while providing an outstanding reading experience,and#8221; said Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive. and#8220;This addition helps public libraries accelerate their drive to become the first online stop for eBooks, where visitors can browse, discover and sample new and popular titles and authors in virtually all subjects.and#8221;

The process for borrowing a public library or school eBook for Kindle is similar as for other devices. Most eBooks already in the libraryand#8217;s catalog supplied by OverDrive are compatible with Kindle, so users simply browse or search for and#8220;Kindle Book,and#8221; check out a title with a valid library card, and then click and#8220;Get for Kindle.and#8221; Access to the Kindle Book will occur at Amazonand#8217;s website after signing in and selecting delivery to the userand#8217;s Kindle device or any of the free Kindle reading apps. As with all eBooks and other digital content at OverDrive-powered libraries, titles are available 24/7 and incur no late fees because they automatically expire at the end of the lending period.

So now itand#8217;s time that I dust off my rarely-used Kindle and download books for free!

In addition to Kindle, OverDrive provides support for all major desktop and mobile devices, including Windows, Mac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Sony Reader, NOOK, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., 582-7846, mynevadacounty.com/library