E-Books for Amazon Kindle

You can read Kindle-formatted e-books on your Amazon Kindle or the  free Kindle App for smart phones tablets and desktops. You will need: a library card and PIN, an Amazon Kindle or a Kindle app on another type of device, an Amazon account, Wi Fi, a browser where you can check out e-books.

Checking out e-books through Overdrive

  1. Search for a title, author, subject, or keyword, or you can browse titles by subject on nypl.overdrive.com
  2. When you are browsing titles a blue “available” banner on the cover of an item indicates that it is available to borrow. If a white “wait list” banner appears, the item is currently unavailable to borrow, but you can place a hold on it.
  3. Click Borrow under the title of the book you want.
  4. If the item is not available you will see Place a Hold instead of Borrow. If you place a hold on the title, you will receive an email notifying you when it is available for checkout.
  5. If you are not already logged in to Overdrive, you will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN and click Sign In. After you sign in, you will see the e-book you borrowed on your eNYPL Loans page.
  6. Click "Read Now with Kindle." Amazon.com will open in a new tab.
  7. If you're signed into Amazon on your computer, it will recognize you. Make sure you're signed in with the right account. If you're signed in, choose where you’d like to have this e-book delivered. If you’ve already linked a Kindle or Kindle app they’ll show up in the list here. Click Get Library Book to complete the delivery.
  8. If you don't have an account yet, you'll have to create one through I am a new customer. Then you will need to connect your Kindle device or app to this account using the Settings menu.
  9. Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi (Menu > Settings > Wireless Settings > Connect). If you do not have Wi-Fi at home, visit one of our libraries or another Wi-Fi hotspot.
  10. If your download does not appear once you connect to Wi-Fi, click Menu and "Sync and Check for Items."

Without Wi Fi

If you have an older Kindle without Wi-Fi, or no available Wi-Fi connection outside of the Library, there are a couple additional steps to transfer the e-book file from your computer to the device.

  1. In the final step of the checkout process, you'll have the option to download your e-book as a file.
  2. Connect your Kindle to the computer via USB and save the file to the Kindle's Documents folder.
  3. For more information, read Amazon's instructions for transferring files via USB.

Kindle Fire

In addition to Kindle formatted e-books, you can read EPUB e-books and listen to MP3 audiobooks on the Kindle Fire by downloading the OverDrive app from the Amazon Appstore. Follow the Android instructions for setting up the app and checking out e-books and audiobooks. You can also install the cloudLibrary app on your Kindle Fire, which gives you access to an additional collection of library e-books to borrow. This app is not available through the Amazon Appstore. Visit cloudLibrary for complete instructions on installing and setting up the app.

Returning e-books

  1. Go to amazon.com/myk and sign in.
  2. Click the Actions button next to the title and then Return this book.


  • If you choose to purchase the book from the Kindle Store or check it out again at a later date, all of your notes and highlights will be preserved.
  • If you want to set up additional devices, see what you have checked out, or return a book, go to Manage Your Kindle.
  • Need more help? View the Amazon Help page for public library books for additional resources related to Kindle devices and reading apps.

Borrow e-books through the NYPL Catalog

You can search for and checkout both OverDrive and cloudLibrary e-books through the catalog. When you search for e-books, you will see a button to the right of the title indicating that you can check out the book in OverDrive or in cloudLibrary, or place a hold on the title in OverDrive or cloudLibrary. You can also check the status of all your digital checkouts and holds under My eBooks when you log into your account.

Still need help? Find an e-book class at your local library. 

Last Updated: July 12, 2018 03:10 pm EDT
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