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Free Kindle downloads at Nassau libraries

The new Amazon tablet called the Kindle Fire

The new Amazon tablet called the Kindle Fire is displayed in Manhattan. Credit: Getty Images, 2011

Nassau residents can now download library books to their Kindle for free, library officials said.

Nassau Library System officials announced today that the eBook collection of its member libraries is now compatible with the Kindle, a popular eBook reader from Amazon.

Nassau public library cardholders will be able to check out eBooks from their local branches and read them on any Kindle device or through any mobile device running the free Kindle app. A downloaded book that is checked out again or purchased from Amazon will preserve all of a patron’s annotations and bookmarks.

The eBook service is already compatible with the Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony eReader and the iPad. The eBook distributor OverDrive contracted with the Nassau Library System to provide the service.

The monthly checkout of eBooks has increased from just under 6,000 in October 2010 to almost 20,000 this August. More than 16,000 library patrons have tried the service for the first time in the last year, said Steven Dalton, area 4 trustee of the Nassau Library System.

“That Nassau libraries have been on the forefront of this new, rapidly expanding technology is something I’m very proud of,” Dalton said in a statement.

Several librarians have already been trained to help patrons with questions about the new service, Dalton said.

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