I am debating on whether to get a Kindle Fire or some brand of tablet. I like the idea of a larger screen but it would not be as portable. From what I understand, the Fire will download from a local library but I don't know about any tablets. I certainly do not want to have to buy ebooks. They are more expensive than a paperback. Has anyone had any experience with these electronics?? I need some advice, please.
I have an iPad, and have been successful downloading from SEO Library Consortium through my local Ohio library. I did need to download and install Adobe Digital Editions and the files must go through that before being uploaded to my iPad. I don't think that is an issue if you don't use Apple product. I have also gone directly from the iPad to the library site with BlueFire Reader. I have not tried the Amazon Kindle app, although I have it installed. Buying books through iTunes works well also.
However - I don't like reading on the iPad all that much because after a while, it gets heavy to hold! But otherwise, it is easy to use and, for me, it is better than reading an actual book because I can enlarge the type.
For me, the library book becomes unavailable to view on the day after the due date. Then, it can be deleted. If you have not read all of it, you have to reserve it again. Most of the new ones at my library need to be put on hold, as there are many people waiting to read them. My library does not allow you to renew ebooks.
I love the Kindle app! It's great being able to go from phone to tablet and never lose my place.
Did you end up getting a Kindle Fire or another tablet? I'd go for a tablet, myself. The Fire is neat, but it's stripped down with no microphone. I won one last year and played around with it a couple months, but gave it to my mom.
I know this is an old thread... wow, nearly a year old!! But, I just wanted to say that I LOVE borrowing books on my kindle!! The books don't necessarily need to be out of copyright to be available for borrowing, I don't think, ya just gotta have a "Prime" membership and the author has to have .. uuhh... authorized it. heh heh. I've borrowed several current books from there, and "purchased" tons of classics for free, too.
I read the Game of Thrones series, at my son's urging. Eh, it took a while to get into, but then I couldn't put it down. I read the 4 books I had on my kindle (friend had a cd...) but then had to get the 5th copy the old fashioned way from the library. They had the book, but the kindle edition was in use, so I took out the book edition.
Lordy, what a change! What weight! How cumbersome!
it was nice to go back to my sleek little kindle for my next read. ^_^
The success of an electronic public library depends on where you live. Here in Atlanta it is not very good. In other areas it can be terrific. Libraries have copyright budgets which limits the number of monthly "check outs" they can afford. Here you have to get on a waiting list for practically every book. If your turn comes up and it's not opportune the clock is ticking. Not ideal for sure.