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Suffolk County's public library patrons can now download free e-books to their Kindle

Print Email, the digital branch of the 56 local public libraries of Suffolk County, NY, has announced that Suffolk County library cardholders can now download e-books free of charge and read them on any Kindle device or through any mobile device running the free Kindle app. The newly announced Kindle Lending Library will be the latest choice available to the county's one million library cardholders as a delivery destination for the borrowing and reading of e-books. visitors may now borrow e-books for reading on any of the following: Kindle, Nook and Sony e-readers; Windows and MAC computer desktops; and iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows mobile devices.

Amazon, the online retail giant, is exclusive distributor of the Kindle, and follows in the footsteps of competitors Barnes & Noble and Sony in cooperating with libraries. is the one-stop portal for all digital resources available for free to library cardholders in Suffolk County, including music, movies, live homework help, career services, research, and eBooks, said Kevin Verbesey, director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System that oversees The Kindle program is now integrated to our system and follows the same lending agreements and publishers' policies in place for other digital resources. users can browse for titles with apps downloaded for free to their computers or phones. Some local public libraries are also lending Nooks and Sony Readers for checkout.

In 2010, the local public libraries of Suffolk County came together to launch the digital branch,, to provide the county's one million patrons a selection of free online resources including live homework help and downloadable eBooks, audio books, movies and music.