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OverDrive eBooks and 3G Kindles

posted Oct 14, 2011, 6:58 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 20, 2011, 7:45 AM ]
If you are helping a patron who has a Kindle 3G, remind him that he will have to use a WiFi (wireless) connection to download the book from the Amazon Kindle site (which is where OverDrive sends it) to his actual Kindle eReader.  The cost of the Amazon WhisperNet (3G) connection is built into the cost of the book the person buys from Amazon.  And when he borrows a library eBook, there is no cash flow for Amazon. 

I had thought earlier that the patron would have to turn 3G off to make this work, but my Kindle owning colleagues tell me that the Kindle will automatically switch from 3G to WiFi, when it detects a wireless network.