Want Free Books? | Download library books to kindle
Curious how to download library books to kindle for FREE? I’ll break it down for you!
As many of you know, I love my kindle. Ever since I got it last Christmas, it’s been THE reason why I’ve gotten back into reading regularly. Some people prefer a physical book, but I am Team Kindle all day every day. I love that no matter what book I’m reading, it’s not heavy and doesn’t take up a ton of space. I love that I can have multiple books on there at a time and download samples to see if I like the writing style before I buy the full book. And lastly, I like that getting an ebook is more sustainable than buying a physical book. It just feels wasteful to me when I buy a book that I read once and never again.
Of course the original solution for this has always been to get your books from a library, right? You read it, you give it back, and then other people get to read it. And it’s FREE! Sustainable AND budget friendly!
But what if you prefer to read on a kindle like me? I figured there was some way to download library books, but I had no idea it was SO easy. A few minutes after deciding to google how to do it, I had a Library eCard, I was on 4 wait lists for books on my list, and I downloaded a backup book for my trip next weekend. Why did I wait so long to do this?!
How To Get a Library eCard
If you live in Chicago, you can just click here to sign up for an eCard. You’ll enter your zip code, some personal information, and a pin # for logging in. Once you click “submit”, you’ll get a Library Card number. Then log in and start looking for the books you’d like to read. That’s it!
If you live in a different state, I’d just google “[Your library] ebooks” and instructions should pop up!
How to Download Library Books to Kindle
Once you find a book you want to read, look for an ebook option under that title. If they have it, you can either Place a Hold or Checkout Now. When it’s available, you’ll press Checkout Now and then Download. You’ll be able to choose your format (Kindle!) and then click Checkout Now one more time. After that, the next button will take you to your Amazon account where you can sync it with your kindle. Obviously you’ll have to wait for the really popular new titles, but other than that, the whole process is incredibly fast and easy!
I discovered this after I downloaded The Gifted School, so once I’m done with that, I’ll try to get library downloads as much as possible. I’m sure I’ll still buy a few books I’m dying to read instead of waiting on a long list to get it – but I’m fine with that!
American Royals Giveaway
And on that note, I have a giveaway for you! As some of you may remember, I was OBSESSED with American Royals when I read it in September – so much so that I tagged the author in a few insta stories. Turns out, she couldn’t be nicer and she offered to send me a signed copy to give away to one of you guys! The sweetest!!!
So, if you don’t want to wait behind almost 175 other people for the eBook from the library, enter my giveaway on Instagram today! All you have to do is like the photo, tag a friend, and tell me your favorite type of book to read. Easy peasy!
Also, if you’re curious about what books I’m reading, that’s one of the categories I cover in my weekly email blasts! You can sign up here if you want to start getting a little note from me every Sunday. I’d love to have you!
Did you know you could download library books to kindle?
Am I the last one to discover this?! Also, what are you guys reading right now?I’m always looking for more suggestions! I just can’t do scary books… I’m a whimp ?
PS. You might also like What I Read This Summer and My Amazon Try On.
November 6, 2019 @ 9:46 pm
As a librarian, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS POST. I am constantly telling EVERYONE I KNOW about library ebooks (and audiobooks! and movie + TV show streaming! and digital magazines! and museum passes! and! and! and!) and people are constantly surprised by something that libraries have been doing for at least a decade, now!
Did I say thank you? BECAUSE THANK YOU! <3
November 7, 2019 @ 10:01 am
Haha you are SO welcome! I figured I’m not the only one who has thought about it but put off actually doing it. Hopefully people realized how easy it is now and sign up!
November 7, 2019 @ 3:13 pm
I do this all the time! I currently have Us Against You by Frederik Backman and Chance Are…by Richard Russo from the library on my Kindle! This is my favorite hack and am so shocked others don’t know about this. I still do love hard copy books, but this is great to avoid having too many books in my city apartment! I generally only buy books that I know I’ll love/want to reread and/or that I know I will want to loan to family and friends!
November 8, 2019 @ 3:04 pm
Yess that’s how I feel! I only want the physical book if I know it’s an important read – but sometimes I just want to read a book once and then let it go haha I’m telling EVERYONE I know about this now!
November 10, 2019 @ 4:50 pm
I take every book you read/recommend and immediately put it on my Chicago library holds list hah. While I only discovered the magic of library e-books in April, it’s been an amazing find especially for a traveler like me! Always having the newest books right on my phone (via the Kindle app + the ChiPubLib app for managing holds) is amazing!
November 12, 2019 @ 4:45 pm
This is life-changing! As an avid reader I’ve spend so much money on ebooks. THANK YOU!
November 13, 2019 @ 7:59 am
Yay! I’m so glad this helps!!