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Q. Can I download a library ebook to my Kindle?

I'd like to use my ereader with library books. 

Answered By: Beth Juhl
Last Updated: Nov 02, 2023     Views: 3

It depends on the library's ebook platform and most importantly, the file format of the ebook. 

Kindle does not read epub files, which are used in many academic library ebook platforms.  In addition, ebook platforms such as Ebsco and ProQuest Ebook Central place limitations on the time period you may download an entire ebook and require special Adobe software to download.  

The one platform that makes delivery to Kindle easy is OverDrive.  Ebooks on the OverDrive Libby app are designed to easily transfer to an ereader.  The library has a small but growing collection of OverDrive titles in the areas of literature, leisure reading, and children's picture books.  Read more about OverDrive and the Libby app in the links below. 


Many ebook platforms, including Ebsco and ProQuest Ebook Central, will allow you to download a chapter or limited number of pages at one time.  These PDFs are yours to keep and do not expire.  You can transfer PDFs to a Kindle if the file does not have digital rights management (DRM) limitations. 

Read more about transferring PDFs to your Kindle at the link below. 

Additional Kindle Information

Kindle reads the following formats*:

· Documents: Kindle (.AZW, .AZW1). Text (.TXT), Unprotected Mobipocket (.MOBI, .PRC) and PDF, which is DRM free.

· Audible: Audible (.AA, .AAX)

· Music: MP3 (.MP3)

*Consider searching Amazon help for support for your specific Kindle model and compatible file formats as there are differences among them.

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