The Kindle Fire and other Kindle devices are a great way to enjoy and read e-books. Although Amazon has made all attempts to keep e-book prices low the publishers have been pushing prices higher. If you are someone who read frequently or on a budget then $10-15 per books starts to add up over time. One alternative to get free and legal e-books is your local library. Indeed most libraries have an online e-book program allowing you to checkout books with your library card. But ultimately you’d like to get those library books on your Kindle for the best experience. The OverDrive Media Console app is the current standard but with limitations. The interface is not great and you have to use their built-in reader which is not optimal. Recently a new app called Free Library Books to Kindle has arrived to solve this problem.
The Free Library Books to Kindle app has a simple navigation and interface. First you select your Metro area from Chicago, Los Angeles, or New York. These are currently the only cities supported but hopefully more will be added soon. Simply search for title or author of the book using the search box. The results list includes thumbnails, titles, summary, and its corresponding library for each entry. Books that are ready to checkout are in bright green with red for the waiting list. To checkout a book simply enter your card number and pin. You will then be directed to Amazon for login and voila! Your books will now show up on your Kindle or Kindle app. If your desired books is not available simply enter your card number to be put on the waiting list. All items on the waiting list can be viewed by the menu tab on the top-right.
This app is brand new and in beta so everything is not perfect. Clearly the addition of more cities would make the app more useful. There is also no browsing option or a way to sort results. But the interface is very clean and easy to navigate. This is also the only way to seamlessly get library books straight to you Kindle without any hassle. The app has a lot of potential and hopefully support from you will help it grow. It is available in the Google Play Store and has been submitted to the Amazon Appstore for approval. You can download and sideload the app on your Kindle Fire by using the XDA link. Checkout the app and let us know what free books you’re reading.
Download from the Google Play Store.
Download app from XDA.