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eBooks, eAudio, eMags & Streaming: Tech Help

Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks available anytime and from anywhere you have internet access—free with your library card!

Kindle — eBooks with Kindle eReaders, Kindle Fire and Kindle App

Use your Kindle or Kindle app to checkout free eBooks from the library. Ten items may be borrowed at a time and there are no late fees. While items can be returned early, they are returned automatically when the checkout period expires.

NOTE: You can download and use the Libby, by OverDrive app on a tablet or PC, but it is not available in Amazon’s app store. To access the OverDrive catalog and to transfer items to your Kindle, we recommend that you visit libbyapp.com on a mobile device or PC. 

What you will need

  • Valid Fairfax County library card
  • Amazon.com account (know your login and password)
  • Kindle device or the Kindle app on a PC, laptop, tablet or phone
  • Access to Wi-Fi on at least one device
  • If your Kindle does not have Wi-Fi, you will need a PC with Wi-Fi and a USB port to transfer your eBook file(s)

Search and Borrow

  1. On a device with Wi-Fi, go to libbyapp.com and sign in.
  2. Search for a title or author by selecting the Search (magnifying glass) icon from the footer of the page.
  3. Select options below Explore with Filters to browse and limit your search. You can also filter your results by selecting + More.
  4. If the title is available, select Borrow. Select Borrow again to confirm. If prompted, enter your library card number and password.
  5. Select Go to Shelf. Next to the title you want to read, select Read With … then select Kindle Apps & Devices.
  6. An Amazon page will open in a new window. Enter your Amazon account information if necessary.
  7. Proceed with the following instructions for transferring via Wi-Fi or USB.

Transfer to a Kindle via Wi-Fi

  1. If necessary, sign into your Amazon account to access your Kindle Store.
  2. Select your device from Deliver To and then select Get Library Book.
  3. The eBook will download to your Wi-Fi enabled Kindle device.
    • If the title does not show up automatically, you will need to Sync your device.
    • To sync, select More or look in your Kindle or Kindle App settings to find and select the option to Sync.
  4. To locate and read your eBook, look for it in the Home or Library tab of your Kindle or Kindle app

Transfer to a Kindle Via USB

You will need to transfer your eBook from a PC via USB if your Kindle does not have Wi-Fi capability.

  1. On a PC, sign into your Amazon account to access your Kindle Store.
  2. Select your device from Deliver To and then select Get Library Book.
  3. Next, select the Manage Your Content and Devices link from the confirmation screen or select Content & Devices under Account and Lists in the Amazon menu.
  4. Select More Actions to the right of a title, then select Download & transfer via USB. Choose your Kindle and select Download.
  5. Connect your Kindle to your PC using a USB cable. Open the Kindle drive that appears on your PC.
  6. Your saved file will be under Downloads on your PC. Copy and paste or drag the file into the Documents or Books folder of the Kindle drive.
  7. Depending on the device, look for the title in your Kindle’s Home, Books or Library tab.

Read

Read your OverDrive eBooks the same way you read any other eBook on your Kindle.

Return

Books are returned automatically on their due dates. An item can be returned early from libbyapp.com.

  1. Select the Shelf icon.
  2. Select Manage Loan next to the desired title.
  3. Select Return Early.
  4. Confirm by selecting Return.

Renew

  1. The option to Renew a title becomes available three days before the title is set to expire and appears under the title in your Loans in libbyapp.com.
  2. If the item is on hold for someone, Request the title to be added to the waiting list.

Holds

  1. Select Place Hold if all copies are in use. You can see the approximate wait time on the next screen before you place the hold.
  2. To choose your methods of notification, select the menu icon in the center of the footer, select Settings and then select Manage Notifications.
  3. After receiving notification that a hold is available, go to libbyapp.com. Select your Bookshelf and then look for Holds. You can also access your items through your notifications by selecting the menu icon in the center of the footer. Choose one of the following:
  • Borrow the title within three days.
  • Select Deliver Later to stay at the top of the holds list while passing the book to the next person in line. After your chosen suspension period, you can borrow the next available copy.
  • Remove your hold.

If no action is taken within three days, your hold will be automatically suspended one time for seven days. If no action is taken a second time, the hold will be automatically canceled.

Listen

Since there is no Libby, by OverDrive app for Kindle, you can listen to eAudiobooks with libbyapp.com on your Kindle. After borrowing an item, select Listen Now in Browser.

eMagazines

Kindle users can visit libbyapp.com to checkout and read eMagazines. See the Digital Magazines tab on the left or the tab for the Libby App for instructions on accessing eMagazines. 

Tip

If you borrow a Kindle title directly from our library catalog, a pop-up blocker can interfere with your ability to download it to Amazon. Try allowing pop-ups on your device or download the title directly from libbyapp.com. Consider browsing and checking out titles directly from libbyapp.com.

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