You can read Kindle Books borrowed from your library with Amazon Kindle devices or free Kindle reading apps (available on many platforms).

Note: Kindle Books are currently available for US libraries only.

What you need

How to read Kindle Books on Kindle devices

  1. From your home screen, select the book you want to read.
    If you need to download a Kindle Book that you've already checked out, you'll find it under "Archived Items." An active Wi-Fi connection is needed to download a library book.
    Kindle keyboard
  2. Kindle Books open either to the first page, or wherever you previously left off.
    • An active internet connection is needed while reading to save your progress across multiple devices.
    • If you switch devices, books will open where you left off no matter which device you use.
    • Notes and bookmarks are also synced to your Kindle account.
  3. Press the > button to go forward a page, and the < button to go back a page.
  4. Press the Menu button for extra features like notes and highlighting.

To learn more about Kindle devices, check out Amazon's product page.

How to read Kindle Books using a Kindle reading app

The Kindle reading app works virtually the same on any registered device.

  1. Open the Kindle reading app on your device.
    The app either opens to the last book you were reading, or to your Kindle home screen.
  2. From your Kindle Home screen, select the book you want to read.
    • Books on your Amazon account that haven't been downloaded to your device are listed in the "Archive."
    • Downloaded books are listed under "On Device" or "Downloaded Items."
  3. On a touchscreen, swipe from right to left to go forward a page, or left to right to go back a page.
    • If you have a trackpad, you can flick across it to change pages.
    • Tapping the center of the screen or clicking the trackpad shows your options and progress, including a shortcut back to the home screen.
  4. Kindle Books open either to the first page, or wherever you previously left off.
    • An active internet connection is needed while reading to save your progress across multiple devices.
    • If you switch devices, books will open where you left off no matter which device you use.
    • Notes and bookmarks are also synced to your Kindle account.
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2014 03:14PM EDT