The 8 Steps Of E-Borrowing From A Public Libaray
Today RT's Whitney investigated how to borrow an e-book for her Kindle from the recently launched program that allows public libraray's to e-loan. You can read the entire post here. Below she details the steps of how she borrowed a book from her local library.
How To download an e-book from my local library:
1) I started at the New York Public Library’s microsite eNYPL. From a search bar on the right-hand side of the homepage I searched for an author by name. On the eNYPL I also had the option to select that I was only looking for books that are available as Kindle downloads. (Note: For those of you using the eNYPL, there was a little bit of trial and error involved in finding a book that was available, as it is not super obvious the first time around. However, there is a handy search function that only shows the results that can be downloaded immediately.)
2) On the search results page, I selected the book I was interested in by scrolling down to the picture of that book’s cover and clicking on a button in the right hand sidebar that said “Add to eList”.
3) The “Add to eList” button took me to a separate screen. This new page stated the book’s title, the length of the lending period and that this e-book could be read on a Kindle or any free Kindle apps. From that beneath that information on the page, I had the option “Proceed to Checkout”, “Continue Browsing” or to “Remove” the book from the form.
4) Clicking on the “Proceed to Checkout” button updated that sparse page, with notes from my e-account, letting me know that I had eleven more e-checkouts available to me at that time.
5) Still on that same page, I had to click on the “Confirm Check Out” button.
6) Confirming the checkout took me to another page on the eNYPL. This page showed me a cover of the book I was borrowing, information about my checkout and had the button “Get for Kindle”.
7) When I clicked on that button, I was sent over to a page on Amazon that said in big bright orange worlds “Get Your Public Library Loan”. This page was much more graphic, but also required me to click on a button that said “Get library book”.
8) By clicking on that button, I was sent to a Thank You screen that informed me that I could download my borrowed e-book via my kindle. So after confirming that I did really want this book six times, I still had to go to my device and sync it before I could start reading.