The Chicago Public Library (CPL) has offered e-books in the EPUB format for a while now, but Kindle owners haven’t been able to borrow digitally until very recently. I checked out my first Kindle e-book the other day (Kafka’s The Metamorphosis ), and I have to say I was confused by the process. So, for all you Kindle-owning UCWbLing fans out there, I’ll give you a step-by-step guide to borrowing books from CPL, Kindle style.
Before you can borrow any kind of book from CPL, you need a library card; if you don’t have one yet, it’s easy to get. Once you’re packing a CPL card in your wallet, head over to http://overdrive.chipublib.org. From there you can begin browsing or searching for eBooks. If your’e conducting a search and just want to view titles that are available now, tick the box “Limit to available copies” before clicking “Go.” Keep an eye out for the Kindle Book icon, and when you find something you want to check out, click “Add to my cart” (or “Place hold” if it’s not available). Once you are ready to check out (you can check out up to six eBooks), click on “My Cart” and then “Proceed to Checkout.” Enter your library card number and Zip code, then “Confirm check out.” After that, click the button “Get for Kindle,” which directs you to Amazon.com, where you must click “Get library book”. After clicking this button, connect your Kindle to a wireless internet connection and voila, your Kindle will download the book. You’ll have three weeks to read it, and which your eBook will be automatically “returned” to the library.