Monthly Archives: January 2012

Check Out Kindle Books at the Library

See How Easily You Can Check Out a Kindle Book From Your Local Library


If you’ve been paying attention to the U.S. news media you may have noticed that it’s now possible to check out Amazon Kindle books from your local public library. That’s right; as long as you have a valid library card and an Amazon account, you can visit some 11,000 library sites and download Amazon Kindle books to your Kindle or Kindle app-enabled device via WiFi or USB. You can read the book on any generation Kindle device or free Kindle reading app.

Similar to regular books, libraries have a limited number of Kindle copies for each title so you will have to check availability. To see whether Kindle check-outs are available at a library near you, call your local librarian. Another similarity to physical books is that Kindle copies will have an expiration date — but after that date, they can either be renewed or purchased through Amazon, with all of your bookmarks and notations still intact. Kindle books feature real page numbers and Whispersync technology that synchronizes your notes, highlights, and last page read. For questions about availability of Kindle library books, loan duration, and terms of use, you should contact your local library.

How It Works

You can easily borrow Kindle books through your local library’s website and, with the click of a button, have them delivered to your Kindle device or free reading app.

• Visit the website of a United States library that offers digital services from OverDrive.

• Check out a Kindle book using your valid library card.

• Click on “Get for Kindle” and then sign in to your account to have the book delivered instantly to your Kindle device or reading app.


Public library books can be sent wirelessly to Kindle devices via an active Wi-Fi connection or transferred via USB. The service also has some other interesting features:

• Page numbers correspond to those in print editions.

• Facebook and Twitter integration lets you share favorite passages.

• Popular Highlights show Kindle owners’ comments on passages in books.

• Public Notes shares people’s opinions on books.

One last benefit that checking Kindle books out offers over physical books may not be so obvious. In a statement, Amazon’s Kindle director, Jay Marine said, “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re fixing this by extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book or if you decide to buy the book.”



Newspaper Archives at the Public Library

Old newspaper articles make the perfect resource, no matter whether you’re trying to find your family’s heritage, or writing a college paper. Even if you’re just interested in historical events — the tragedy of the Titanic, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, or the cost of gas in 1915 — there’s very little that can compare with seeing the headlines, testimonies and ads from the genuine newspapers of the day.

It used to be a bit of a chore to have to visit public libraries in order to find news paper archives. Nowadays, while some public libraries still have hardcopies of newspaper archives, many online sources allow you to search for what you need without leaving the comfort of your home.

While there are many superb subscriptions sources for newspaper records, there’s also several free resources. This article lets you know where you can find outdated newspaper archives online, totally free.

Focus Your Research

Consider what you wish to search for. This might seem to be a Big Duh!, but it really pays to think about the specific search words you’ll be utilizing.

Say you’re trying to find news about your great grandfather. If his name was Jacobson Utzepnefer, it’s likely you have decent luck looking just on his name on it’s own. However, if grandpa’s name was John Smith, you’ll require some extra information — such as a city he lived in, his occupation, special day in his life, wife’s name — so that you can reduce the results.

Use Google News Archives

Head for Google News Archives and start your research. Surprisingly, their assortment of newspaper archives spans over four centuries, and is an extremely abundant source of information.

You should use the Timeline feature to limit your results to specific years. Their Advanced Search also allows you to pick results from certain locations (nationally or internationally), or in any manner reduce your search results.

Take Advantage of Freebies

Now for the best part. The second step, previously mentioned, provides you with a great sense of the number of articles are obtainable, and the things they include. But much of the results from Google News Archives come from membership services that may be expensive to gain access to.

Alternatively, visit one of the free websites containing newspaper archives, where you’ll discover a fantastic selection of links to free newspaper archives from the US. Utilize these to tweak your search, and find exactly what you’re trying to find. They’ve got details on no cost resources in America, in Europe, and in other places all over the world. Most of the offered newspapers will be in languages besides English, which may be very beneficial to people experienced with the language.

Invest some time getting acquainted with these websites because they include plenty of territory, both historically and geographically. Pick the newspaper and magazine collections which are most suitable to your specific interests as well as the time in place in history you’d like to know about.