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Jean DuMont

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Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Jan 9, 2014 1:53 PM
 
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I have tried sync, downloading by usb, signing in and out of amazon, returning the first book to the library, thinking it was defective somehow, but none of this does any good. I tried closing my browser (although the book appears on my browser download and also on my Kindle as shown on the computer screen. I have a model #D0110D (I think; it's hard to read). Help!
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Re: Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Jan 9, 2014 2:15 PM   in response to: Jean DuMont in response to: Jean DuMont
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Are you talking about downloading books from your public library's Library2Go program? If so, I'm sure they have someone on staff who can help you. My local library (in a town with a population of less than 15,000) gives classes about ebooks.

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Jean DuMont

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Re: Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Jan 9, 2014 2:20 PM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
 
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I am talking about my public library, which closes early, so I can't do that right now. But frankly, when I first got the Kindle 2 years ago, they didn't know how to use it and I received it without documentation. Thanks--still unresolved, though, at this point.
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Re: Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Jan 9, 2014 2:48 PM   in response to: Jean DuMont in response to: Jean DuMont
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http://help.overdrive.com/ebooks

That's the help page for Overdrive, which is the program that is used by many libraries with downloadable ebooks. (The library program itself is often called Library2Go but I think there are other names.) If your library uses Overdrive, you might get the help you need from that link.

When my library first got downloadable ebooks, none of the staff knew how to use them (I was working there full-time then). Now two people on staff are total experts and the rest of them know all the basics. I hope you find that your library has also kept up with new technology.

Here's the help page specifically about Kindles: http://help.overdrive.com/article/0473/Getting-started-with-Kindle

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Jean DuMont

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Re: Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Jan 10, 2014 4:22 AM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
 
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Thank you so much, L. L.Thrasher, for your knowledgeable comments. Before I came back to the thread, I saw that my Kindle had no reception bars. I decided to completely reboot my Kindle and that action started up the wifi again! But I'm sure I would have figured that out also, had I gone to the overdrive page. You were very helpful.

Sincerely,
Jeanie DuMont
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Re: Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Jan 11, 2014 1:33 PM   in response to: Jean DuMont in response to: Jean DuMont
 
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when I first got the Kindle 2 years ago, they didn't know how to use it and I received it without documentation.

Are you saying that you got a free Kindle? And that you've never bought a book through it? And now you want the publishers of those unbought books to advise you on how to use it?
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Re: Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Jan 17, 2014 4:09 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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My Kindle was a gift. It came without paper documentation, just the info electronically preserved within the Kindle itself. I went to the library because my neighbor had told me that I could download books through the library. The librarian didn't know how to operate it, but I'm pretty good at electronics usually, so I figured it out.

It seems to me that you are implying that I stole a Kindle! I did not. And that it was loaded. It was not. Books from the library are not un-bought books. I'm sure that our library system pays for them. I'm telling you this just to clear things up. If you were not implying these things, I apologize. If you were implying such and you attack me verbally, I will report the abuse.
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Re: Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Jan 17, 2014 8:24 PM   in response to: Jean DuMont in response to: Jean DuMont
 
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Hey, you don't need to get prickly with NJ. He's by far the most knowledgable guy on these forums. If you look at the number of his posts, you'll see he's got twice as many as the next most frequent poster. He's been on KDP since even before it was KDP and is always very helpful.

Although of course I can't read his mind (and I don't even know his real name, Notjohn is a nom de guerre), I very highly doubt he was accusing you of theft! I think he was just bemused that you would have gotten a Kindle with, somehow, no information such as is usually in the box with it, so he wondered if you got it free from a friend who wasn't using it.

And of course after 2 years he's sort of wondering what you've been doing with the Kindle and why all the author-publishers on this forum (i.e. all of us) would be impressed by someone who, by her own admission, had never gotten around to buying an ebook with said Kindle.

NJ is an easy-going guy, so he wasn't going to respond himself, which is why I figured I'd better.

But I'm glad you figured out your library issue! All of us author-publishers are hoping that libraries will want our books; so far they mostly go for the ebook versions of the traditionally published ones.
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Re: Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Jan 17, 2014 8:28 PM   in response to: Jean DuMont in response to: Jean DuMont
 
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Hello, Jean.

I have two Kindles and both of them were gifts. I have read lots of books on them, some I bought from Amazon, a few I downloaded free from Amazon, some another person with a Kindle loaned to me, and some I borrowed from my local library. The only drawbacks to the library's ebook program are that sometimes the books have to be returned (which happens automatically) before I get to them and that I sometimes have to wait weeks for my turn to get the book but otherwise the program works really well. I have downloaded ebooks from the library and later purchased the same ebook either because it was so good I know I'll want to read it again, or because it was a nonfiction book I know I'll refer to again. Most ebooks I buy are ones I'm pretty sure I'll want to keep, based on my experience with the author's other works or based on reviews or personal recommendations. That pretty much applies to the print books I buy, too. Some ebooks I buy are ones I own in print but I want in digital form also. My eyes aren't getting younger and some print is difficult to read. Also, I can take a dozen ebooks on a trip if I want to, and I don't have to lug a heavy bookbag around.

Welcome to the forums.

L. L. Thrasher
Donna St Felix

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Re: Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Oct 16, 2017 12:20 AM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
 
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The system is wacky! All I am seeing above was posted in 2014 and it came up as new.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Why won't my Kindle download books from the library
Posted: Oct 16, 2017 4:59 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Someone might be deleting their own posts, in prep for exiting the forums. That would do it.
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