For Kindle owners, the wait is over: the portal will now allow patrons to borrow e-books via their Amazon Kindles.
Director Denise DiPaolo said she wants her residents to know that the Kindle format is up and running.
"Our customers have been asking us for a year when they would be able to borrow with their Kindles," DiPaolo said.
Director Lisa Richland was "thrilled" to be able to add the Kindle to the list of e-book readers supported by Live-brary.
"Once e-books became really popular around last Christmas, people purchased all kinds of readers but mainly the Kindle because Amazon pushed them so much," Richland said.
Live-brary began supporting the Sony eReader and Barnes and Noble Nook about a year ago. Apple came onboard with iPad access a few months ago and on Wednesday, Kindle was brought on board, according to Dipaolo.
DiPaolo wanted users to know that e-book browsing, searching, and checkout will remain the same at your library's website with a few differences. When it is time to check out a Kindle e-book, a new window will open up with a "Get for Kindle" link to Amazon. This will prompt users to login to their Amazon account.
Since fulfillment occurs at Amazon, anyone who wishes to use this service will need an Amazon account. Users do not have to purchase anything or provide a credit card number, but they must provide a valid email address.
DiPaolo said once the patron is signed in, they will able to select either a Kindle device or free Kindle app for delivery. The convenience kicks in, Dipaolo said, because users do not have to connect to a computer for the actual transaction. Once the information is downloaded on to the computer or handheld, the Whispersync technology kicks in and the transfer of devices is not needed.
In anticipation of the launch, DiPaolo said the county cooperative has put additional money into purchasing e-books to accommodate the anticipated increase in demand.
Both library directors said despite the huge increase in circulation of e-books, circulation for regular books has not declined.
Richland said the e-books were just another way to access your favorite books.
There is an online tutorial on how to access Kindle e-books using the overdrive program, which is required by local libraries to borrow an e-book.