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OverDrive Books Are Available for Kindle!

OCLS is pleased to offer over 60,000 e-book titles that are compatible with the Kindle through OverDrive. All you need to get started is an Orange County resident library card in good standing, and a Kindle device or Kindle app.

How It Works

  1. Go to OverDrive.
  2. Look for "Kindle Book" in the Available Format section of titles you are interested in.
  3. Click the "Borrow" button and enter your library card information when prompted.
  4. Click on the "Download" button and select "Kindle Book" from the options.
  5. Click on the "Confirm & Download" link to lock in your e-book format choice.
  6. Amazon.com will be launched next, in order for you to redeem your public library loan. You may be required to log in to your Amazon.com account – or create a new account – if you're not already logged in.
  7. Click the "Get library book" button and select the Kindle device, free Kindle reading app, or Kindle Cloud Reader you wish to read the library Kindle Book on.

Please note: Public library books require an active Wi-Fi connection for wireless delivery to a Kindle device. Library books will not be delivered via your Kindle's 3G connection.

If you'd like to use a Kindle device and you do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, you may instead load your library book via USB. Both Mac and Windows users can manage Kindle content through a USB connection.

Helpful Hints

How to find the popular titles that are currently available for Kindle:

  1. Go to OverDrive and click on "Advanced Search" in the upper right corner.
  2. In the Advanced Search form, in the Format field, use the drop-down to select "Kindle Book."
  3. Check the box next to "Only show titles with copies available."
  4. Click on the Search button.
  5. Click on the Sort By drop-down menu and select "Most Popular."
  6. Enjoy perusing the list of popular titles that are currently available for checkout and download for your Kindle!

Or, if you're interested in all the popular titles for Kindle...

  1. Go to OverDrive and click on "Advanced Search" in the upper right corner.
  2. In the Advanced Search form, in the Format field, use the drop-down to select "Kindle Book."
  3. Click on the Search button.
  4. Click on the Sort By drop-down menu and select "Most Popular."
  5. Click on the "Hold" button for the titles you're interested in, if a copy isn't currently available.
  6. You'll receive an email when the title becomes available for checkout and download.

How to connect your wi-fi enabled Kindle device to wi-fi:

  1. Turn on your Kindle.
  2. From the Home screen, press the Menu button.
  3. Select "Settings."
  4. Select "view" next to "Wi-Fi Settings."
  5. If you don't already have wireless turned on, you will be prompted to turn it on. Select "ok" to turn it on.
  6. The Kindle will scan for Wi-Fi networks. Select a Wi-Fi network, by clicking on "connect."
  7. You will be prompted to enter the Wi-Fi network password if it is password protected. Enter the password.
  8. You'll see "Wi-Fi" in the upper right corner of your Kindle once you're connected.
  9. To turn off Wi-Fi, in "Wi-Fi Settings," select "forget" next to the Wi-Fi network you are connected to.

How do I return a Kindle Book early?

You can return a public library book for Kindle from the Manage Your Kindle page in Amazon.

  1. From your Amazon account, go to "Manage Your Kindle."
  2. Move your mouse over the "Actions..." button next to the public library book you want to return.
  3. Select "Return this book."
  4. When prompted "Are you sure you want to return this Library Loan Ebook?" select "Yes." The title is returned.

Please note, the OverDrive Kindle Book will remain on your Kindle until you next sync your Kindle with your Amazon account. The OverDrive Kindle Book will remain in your list of titles in "Manage Your Kindle" unless you select the "Actions..." option to Delete the title.

Is it possible to renew a Kindle Book?

Yes! OverDrive has a renew feature. To learn more, visit "How to renew digital titles."

Learn more about getting started with Kindle in OverDrive.

For more information about using your Kindle with the OverDrive collection, please visit "Getting started with Amazon Kindle."

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