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Been a while since you’ve used your library card? OverDrive is trying to change that in an unusual way. The free service has been bringing library books to e-readers for a while, but it recently announced that it has added support for Amazon’s very popular Kindle. OverDrive also works for e-books on iOS and Android devices, PCs, Macs, BlackBerrys and Windows Phones, and most popular e-readers, including the Nook and Sony Reader. The D.C. Public Library as well as hundreds of libraries in Maryland and Virginia participate in the program.

Eager readers can also download borrowed books from their library directly into the Kindle app or the OverDrive Media Console. The service has some limitations: As with pulp books, many libraries have only a few, limited copies of digital books. But the app makes it easy to manage your waitlists and search for titles that may tickle your fancy. Free, for a variety of platforms; requires a library card.

— Hayley Tsukayama

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