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Kindle readers who unlike other e-reader users were unable to download free books from the library now have the ability to check items out with a download.

Word spread quickly last week that Kindle owners could begin accessing library books on the e-readers. The Naperville Public Library already has half of its Kindle-accessible holdings checked out, according to a library official.

The process of downloading for Kindle is very intuitive, said Karen Toonen, adult services librarian at the Naper Boulevard Library. And, many Kindle accessible books already have holds on them.

“For a long time we had to tell the Kindle users we can’t help them,” she said. “So we are really excited to be able to reach those people now.”

The process of checking out Kindle books is pretty easy to do, Toonen said. Kindle users go online and visit the library’s website, find the book they want and if it is available for Kindle it will say “Kindle Book”. After choosing their books, users then will be transferred to the Amazon site where they can download the item. 

Those with a newer version of Kindle or a Wi-Fi enabled Kindle do not need a cable to download to their device; and Amazon automatically will transfer the book to their accounts. Those with an older version need a cable to connect and download. 

The Naperville Public Library has had people call and come in to learn more about the process, Toonen said. Many people heard about the change to Kindle use last week after a story was printed in the New York Times, she said. Then, the buzz on Twitter and Facebook fed the interest. 

The library is doing everything it can to spread the word, including featuring the news on its homepage, she said.

Leading up to the holidays the library expects downloads will increase and continue growing after the holidays.

Classes on using e-readers have been well-received at the library, Toonen said. The next class will take place Oct. 12.

Anyone who has questions on downloading using their Kindle may contact any of the three Naperville Public libraries. To learn more visit the Naperville Public Library.