The three libraries in the Union County Library System can now lend eBooks for the Amazon® Kindle.
“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,” said Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive, a leading digital distributor of eBooks and audiobooks.
Through a North Central Library District contract with OverDrive the three members of the UCLS — The Public Library for Union County, the Herr Memorial Library, and the West End Library — are able to offer many works in electronic form. Ebooks can be downloaded to desktop and notebook computers, as well as to smartphones and eReaders.
The process for borrowing a public library eBook for Kindle is similar to the process for other devices. Most eBooks already in the libraries’ catalog are compatible with Kindle, so users simply browse or search for “Kindle Book,” check out a title with a valid card from the UCLS libraries, and then click “Get for Kindle.”
Access to the Kindle Book will occur at Amazon’s website after the user signs in and selects delivery to a Kindle device or any of the free Kindle reading apps. As with all of the libraries’ eBooks and other digital content, titles are available 24/7 and incur no late fees because they automatically expire at the end of the lending period.
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. A complete list of compatible devices is available online.
To get started, eBook users should have a valid Union County Library System card ready and click on the “Look for Books & More” or “Online Resources” buttons on the left side of any of the following websites: www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com, www.publibuc.org, www.herrlibrary.org, and www.westendlibrary.org. More information about how to proceed is available online.
Also, a dedicated station for downloading audiobooks is available at The Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd. in Lewisburg. For more information, call (570) 523-1172.