Amazon’s “Kindle Unlimited” announcement has been helping raise awareness of Open Library.
Last week, Amazon informed us that for ten dollars per month, Kindle users can have unlimited access to over six hundred thousand books in its library. But it shouldn’t cost a thing to borrow a book, Amazon, you foul, horrible, profiteering enemies of civilization. For a monthly cost of zero dollars, it is possible to read six million e-texts at the Open Library, right now. On a Kindle, or any other tablet or screen thing.
Don’t forget our easy to use interface or downloading with your choice of device or software!
Today, the Internet Archive is pleased to announce 2 new borrowing options through Open Library:
- Borrowing ebooks through OverDrive – an ebook through your local library
We have worked with the team at OverDrive to import about 70,000 new ebook editions into Open Library. All loans via OverDrive are managed through the OverDrive system. Once you click on borrow for these titles, you’ll need to tell OverDrive where you are so it can find your local library.
Want to try a search through the OverDrive titles?
- Borrowing Scanned Books through participating libraries – an ebook to you, anywhere in the world
Three long-time Internet Archive library partners are now offering scanned books from their collections for loan through Open Library. Boston Public Library, the Biblioteca Ludwig von Mises at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Wood’s Hole as well as the Internet Archive itself are proud to make around 200 titles available for loan as ebooks through Open Library.
You’ll need to download the free Adobe® Digital Editions software to manage borrowing scanned books.
- Borrowing Physical Books through WorldCat– from your local library
Since Open Library was launched back in 2007, we’ve added links wherever possible into the WorldCat catalog, which you can search using your location to find a copy of the book near you.
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