How to Check Out Kindle Library eBooks and Return Them Early

A little while ago I came across a handy little guide that explained how to return a Kindle library ebook before the time was up. I found this detail a little surprising becuase I didn’t know you could return them early. In fact, I double checked Amazon’s help pages and it’s not mentioned.

Weird. In any case, I figure that if I didn’t know about it and i cannot find the info then it is worth a post. So here is a video and a slideshow. The first was made by King County Library System and it shows how to get the library ebook. The second was made Wake County Public Libraries and it explains how to return the library ebook (it’s an option on the “Manage Your Kindle” page).


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  1. Mike Cane23 September, 2011

    Scroll down to learn about Error Code 710 from OverDrive!

  2. Armyturtl23 September, 2011

    Or just google “skindle” and remove the DRM so you can keep a copy of the book.

  3. […] to The Digital Reader we discovered a fantastic source of useful tips for ebook users. It’s a Slideshare profile of […]

  4. […] want to visit OverDrive website and search their list of partners. You might also be interested in a pair of instructional videos on checking out ebooks and returning them early. […]

  5. Andrea11 January, 2012

    Thank you so much for posting how to return!! I couldn’t find anything on either amazon or my library site.


  6. Sue Gray6 October, 2012

    Thanks for the tip! This is all new to me and I had one I didn’t want anymore. Much appreciated!

  7. Like a Sugar Addict in a Bakery | The Purling Pundit4 November, 2012

    […] your library books early (if you finish before the borrowing period is up).  Here is the link to The Digital Reader .  Both videos were produced by libraries and should answer your […]

  8. Mm5 August, 2015

    Perfect. Thanks so much!

  9. […] For starters, you can read OverDrive ebooks on a Kindle (US only, alas), and if you like, return them early. […]


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