Kindle Users Can Now Download Library Books

For Immediate Release: Sept. 28, 2011

Contact: Mary Mulrenan 703-324-8319

Kindle users can now download free eBooks available through the library's catalog. The library has offered eBooks and other e-material for several years now but until last week, library customers who had purchased Kindle eReaders were not able to access the library's free eBooks. Now Kindle users join the thousands of library customers able to read for free on their devices. Within hours of the library's eBook availability to Kindle users, 65 percent of the collection for Kindle had been downloaded.

The announcement arrived at a good time for Fairfax County Public Library which has been able to expand its eBook collection recently due to additional funding from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax Library Foundation and the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. The influx of donations has reduced the waiting times for the most popular books and has also allowed the library to add more titles in eBook format.

All of the library's electronic resources are available through the library's catalog accessible through the website at To see the electronic collection only, click on Download from the left column of the home page.

For specific instructions for downloading eBooks to a Kindle, see the Amazon site.

The following eBook workshops are occurring in October and November for customers who would like to learn more about eBooks and eReaders, including how to download library books.

Discover eBooks
Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m.
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston

OverDrive eBook and eReader Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m.
Centreville Regional Library
14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville

eBook Readers
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Library
6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church

Personalized E-Book/E-Reader Instruction
Ongoing Event -- Call for an appointment with a trained staff member
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library
7584 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043-2099

Though there may be a wait for some of the in-demand titles, library staff note that wait lists move quickly. The library does offer an "always available" collection including titles that are made available through Project Gutenberg. To access the always available titles from the library's catalog, visit the OverDrive page and click on Additional eBooks. Always Available. toward the bottom of the left column.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-8380, TTY 703-324-8365.

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