What library content can be accessed using e-readers?

NC State University E-Book Reader Lending Program
The NC State University Libraries offers Amazon Kindle e-readers for check out to NC State University students, faculty, and staff. Each device has access to around 500 titles, but most Amazon titles costing less than $50 can also be purchased upon request. The Kindle loan period is two weeks with one renewal for an additional two.  Overdue fees are charged at a rate of $10.00 per day.  Kindles are currently available for pickup only at D.H. Hill, Jr., Design, Natural Resources, and Veterinary Medicine Libraries.

Can you read NC State University Libraries e-books and e-journal articles on your own e-reader?
Our e-book and e-journal collections consist primarily of scholarly content, and are optimized for reading on computer screens. For the most part, this content can be downloaded in PDF format. PDFs can be read on most devices including both Kindles and Nooks.  Video instructions for saving an Ebrary book chapter as an image PDF

Kindles can convert PDFs to .azw files using the email to Kindle function or the Send to Kindle app, so that they can be read just like Kindle titles.  On Nooks and other devices the PDF will be an image, not text, and it may be not optimized for e-readers. You will need to adjust the size of the PDF on your e-book reader so that you can read it.  

NC State University Libraries Kindle titles cannot be transferred to a non-NC State University Libraries device. 

What options are available for BORROWING popular books for your own e-reader?
If you want to borrow popular titles to use on an e-book reader that you own, a good option is to take advantage of the Download Library program offered through the Wake County Public Library System. Those e-books disappear at the end of the loan period. The public library offers downloads for Kindles, Nooks and other e-reading devices. To use this service, you must have a compatible e-reader and a Wake County library card.

If you have an Amazon Kindle or a Barnes & Noble Nook, new websites such as Kindle Lending Club (now BookLending.com) and Lendle help facilitate members sharing purchased e-books with each other.

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Last Edited: Jul 3, 2021

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