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Release Date: 09/21/2011

Kindle users now have access to e-books at The Seattle Public Library

OverDrive e-books are now available for Kindles

Patrons of The Seattle Public Library who have Kindles now have access to more than 25,000 titles in the Library's e-book collection.


"Many patrons have wanted the ability to use our e-books on their Kindles and until now, it wasn't possible," said Marcellus Turner, city librarian.


Turner noted it was a common question Library staff would get from patrons. "For example, a patron might have received a Kindle as a gift and would contact the Library about how to download free e-books from our collection," Turner said. "We'd have to explain that our collection was not compatible with the Kindle."


Amazon, in partnership with e-book vendor Overdrive, made access to e-books for the Kindle available to 11,000 public libraries in the United States today. Amazon has also extended its Whispersync technology to Library books for synchronizing margin notes, highlights and bookmarks.


For directions on how to borrow Kindle e-books from the Library, visit the "Digital Books & Media" page on the Library's website ( and select the PDF guide on the right side of the page.


Turner said e-book use at The Seattle Public Library continues to grow. Circulation of downloadable media was up nearly 160 percent in August compared to the same month last year. The Seattle Public Library has one of the largest digital collections for a public library in the country, with approximately 60,000 items.


For more information about the Library's collection of e-books, visit Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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