What are libraries doing in this age of electronic and i-everything? It looks like they are keeping up!
While I do not know the behind the scenes legalities that the libraries are working with the publishers, I really do like the results. Libraries have lists of books that can be ‘checked out’ onto your Kindle/iPhone/iPad/Mac/PC/etc… You check them out for a certain amount of time and then they are automatically returned.
It is as simple as that. So here’s some links to help you get started:
The service that I have found super useful is called: OverDrive
So far I have used their iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod) app which can be found: (free) OverDrive Media Console
Help on other devices can be found here
Once inside the app, there are menus to search for local libraries. I found both San Antonio and Cincinnati have ebook rentals available.
For my readers in the Navy, check out: http://navy.lib.overdrive.com for some great reading lists that you can check books out through as well.