For a long time, Kindle users were out of luck in getting library books on their devices. Joanna tells me that’s still the case in Canada, so you have my sympathies if you’re also outside the US, where ePub is your only option in Overdrive.
If however, you are in the US, and your public library uses them, here’s how to checkout Overdrive library books on Kindle. Note that this works for both eInk Kindles and Fire tablets. However, if you are a Fire tablet owner, you can also check out Overdrive library books using the Overdrive app. Handy if the book you want is not available in the Kindle format.
1. Login to your library account and find the book you want to check out. Make certain the book is available in Kindle format and select Borrow. If the book is not available to check out, “Borrow” will be replaced with “Place a Hold.” Once the book is available to borrow, follow the rest of the instructions. (By the way, if you like thrillers, Michael Koryta is excellent. I’m excited this book is available.)
2. Once you’ve selected your book and borrowed it, you’ll be taken to your bookshelf to select the format in which you’d like to download it. Obviously, you’ll want to select the “Kindle Book” format. Note the option to return a book. That return option is only available until you select a download method. Once you’ve downloaded the book, the return option will go away.
3. Once you select Kindle Book, you’ll be given the option to “Confirm and Download.” Select that, and you’ll be taken to Amazon to select which Kindle to send your book to. I’m going to choose “Casey,” my Kindle Paperwhite.
Wait a few minutes (probably less) for Amazon to deliver your book, and you’re ready to read.
Because this is Amazon, you can load the book on any of your Kindle devices or apps, and your location will sync between all of them. I consider that a big advantage over checking out a book in ePub format, where you can only sync your location using the Overdrive app, not with a book loaded on an eInk Nook, Kobo or other reader.