RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
April 11, 2023
One of the best features of Amazon Kindle eReaders is the ability to borrow library books. However, just like physical books from a library, they come with return dates. Let’s explore a nifty trick to “keep” a book after its return date.
This is for the Amazon Kindle. Screenshots are from Kindle Paperwhite (11 generation)
It may seem strange, but digital eBooks from the library are treated the same as physical books. That means there are a limited number of eBooks to check out, and you typically only get them for 14 days. When those 14 days are up, you can check it out again, but there’s usually a waitlist of people who you will have to wait behind.
There’s a very simple “trick” that will allow you to read a library book on your Kindle for an indefinite length of time. All you have to do is put your Kindle in Airplane mode before the due date and never close out of the book. Wait, are we suggesting you steal from the library?
The best part about this trick is it’s a victimless “crime”. You are not preventing the next person on the waitlist from getting the book. The eBook has still technically been “returned,” but your Kindle does not know that.
To enable Airplane mode on your Kindle, tap the down arrow at the top of the Home screen. If you are in a book, tap toward the top of the screen to reveal the down arrow. Refer to the below image:
Next, tap the Airplane icon to turn it ON. See the below image:
That’s it! Now just open the book and do not leave it until you are done. That also includes if the eReader powers off due to a low battery. Theoretically, you should be able to read the book for as long as you need. Your Kindle can hold a lot of books, but sometimes one takes a while, and that’s okay.
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You can access the e-book from a Kindle device, the Kindle App for the desktop or smartphone, which is a free app.