Kindle books now available from Multnomah County Library

PORTLAND, Ore. — Sept. 22, 2011 — Multnomah County Library cardholders can now borrow downloadable books on their Kindles, or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad, Android and more. More than 10,000 titles are available.

To download a book for Kindle from Multnomah County Library, a patron needs both a library card and an Amazon account. Here’s how it works: The patron selects a downloadable title in the library catalog or directly via Library2Go, clicks “Get for Kindle” if the title is available, and follows the prompts. If the title is checked out, patrons can select “place a hold.” The length of the loan varies depending on format and patron preference. At the end of that period, the title will be available for checkout again.

The library’s downloadable books are available on all generations of Kindle, Kindle apps for smartphones and devices and Kindle Cloud Reader. Downloaded books sync to the Kindle or Kindle app wirelessly. A computer is required for part of the downloading process, however; at present, it cannot be completed entirely with the Kindle or Kindle app.

“This long-anticipated service from Amazon is a welcome addition to public libraries across the country, and certainly for the patrons of Multnomah County Library,” said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. “Library lovers who have adopted reading devices have long been asking for this service. Now, library patrons have yet another way to take the library and its books with them wherever they go.”

Kindle users enjoy the same features with library books as they do with traditional Kindle books purchased from Amazon: synchronized notes, highlights, last page read and real page numbers.

Library staff have compiled a guide to help patrons through this new process, and will update it as new information becomes available.

About Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. Over 35,000 people use the library each day, either online or in person.