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October - December 2011     VOLUME 15 ISSUE 4
 
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Compatibility with Kindle now Available in Overdrive

We are very pleased to announce that Amazon Kindle® compatibility with our library's eBook collection is here. Kindle compatibility is part of the OverDrive WIN initiative, a series of platform enhancements for our library's Virtual Branch website.

Team OverDrive has been hard at work with technicians at Amazon to make Kindle compatibility a valuable extension of our eBook lending service. This update allows most existing OverDrive eBooks to be read on all Kindle devices or by using free Kindle apps on iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and other mobile devices. At launch, there will be a small number of PDF titles that are not yet available for Kindle. OverDrive and Amazon are working to reduce this number to achieve greater coverage.

To reflect these changes, OverDrive will update sections of our library's Virtual Branch website including the My Help wizard, Help pages, and FAQs with new information about Kindle compatibility.

All browsing, searching, and checkout of eBook titles will remain the same.  When a user checks out a Kindle Book, a "Get for Kindle" link will be presented that opens a new window (or tab) at Amazon prompting the user to login to their Amazon account. Fulfillment will occur at Amazon's website so your user will need an Amazon account to access the library eBook in the Kindle format. No purchase or credit card is required to create an Amazon Kindle account; users only need to provide an email address.

Once signed in, the user will select which Kindle device or free Kindle app they want to deliver the title to for reading. At launch, browse, check out, and fulfillment of Kindle Books from your library can be completed from web browsers on PC and Mac, iPad, and numerous other tablet devices.

Kindle users will enjoy Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights, and last page read on the Kindle device and free Kindle apps. As with other titles from your digital collection, the eBook will expire at the end of the lending period.

Our library, with the help of OverDrive, will continue to provide technical support for most aspects of eBook lending. Once a Kindle user is directed to Amazon's website, Amazon will provide technical support for Kindle Book related issues.

For additional information, please go to mylakelibrary.lib.overdrive.com