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Library eBooks - not on Kindle in Canada yet - Updated Dec. 19, 2013

September 22, 2011 | TPL Staff | Comments (18)

Update: December 19, 2013

With the exception of the Android-based Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon's Kindle eReaders (including original Kindles and the Kindle PaperWhite) are not compatible with eBooks from Canadian libraries.

Kindle eReaders require eBooks to be in a proprietary format unique to Amazon. Amazon has not made this format available through OverDrive (the library's eBook provider) in Canada, so Canadian libraries do not have the option of lending eBooks that work with Kindle readers.

See our Kindle Fire library eBook user guide (PDF) for help getting started with OverDrive on your Kindle Fire, or check out our guides for other devices you can use with library eBooks.

Amazon Kindle Devices
September 22, 2011

You may have seen news coverage about libraries offering Kindle-compatible eBooks through the OverDrive service. Kindle-compatible eBooks for libraries are a new service that just launched yesterday (September 21, 2011) in the U.S. only.

Unfortunately, Kindle-compatible eBooks are not yet an option for Canadian libraries.  

Toronto Public Library will continue to monitor developments in this area. In the meantime, the EPUB eBooks available through our OverDrive service are compatible with a range of eReaders, tablets, and smartphones, including:

  • Kobo
  • Sony Reader
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Android phones and tablets
  • Blackberry

See the complete list of compatible devices on OverDrive’s site.

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