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Amazon Kindle

Frequently Asked Questions


Why are the UB Libraries doing this?

eBooks and eBook readers are growing rapidly in popularity. Today's eReaders offer some advantages over paper copy as well as what some see as disadvantages and inconveniences. eReaders will allow us to deliver a huge cross-section of notable literature economically and it will offer you an opportunity to sample an evolving technology that is becoming increasingly popular.


How do I try out a Kindle?

The University Libraries are offering four 6" Kindles and two Kindle DX's. They are all preloaded with the same titles and will introduce you to a range of Kindle capabilities. Place yourself in line to reserve a Kindle by filling out a reservation form. I don't see any preloaded titles that I want to read, can I suggest a title?


I don't see any preloaded titles that I want to read, can I suggest a title?

Yes, you can. Here's a complete list of preloaded Kindle titles. Suggest a title. All requests will be given consideration and evaluated. Independent of reader input, we will regularly add new best sellers to our Kindle library.


When my turn comes, where do I go?

All Kindles circulate from the Silverman Library's Circulation Desk, located on the first floor of Capen Hall. Kindles circulate Monday-Friday from 9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


How long can I use a Kindle?

All of our Kindles may be checked out for a maximum of seven days (non-renewable), between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. They may be picked up and returned at the Silverman Multimedia Service Desk on the 2nd floor of Silverman Library.


Suppose I return a Kindle late or – even worse – damage or lose one?

We know you will be careful. Kindles come packaged in a sturdy zippered-case to protect them from Buffalo weather; but if the unexpected happens, you are responsible. Overdue fines are $5.00 per day and replacement of a lost or damaged Kindle is $300.00 for the 6" standard Kindles and $400.00 for the DX. You will also be assessed a $25.00 processing fee.


Can I load material on the Kindle?

Please do not. We will consider the Kindle damaged if material has been either loaded or deleted. Please do not use the wireless capability of your Kindle. All of our Kindles are deregistered.


We want your opinion?

After using and returning a Kindle we'll send you an evaluation form via e-mail. Participation in the evaluation is voluntary; but we really encourage and appreciate your input.