Answered By: Daria Carson-Dussan
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2014     Views: 1543

It depends on the library ebook platform and the file format of the ebook.   Kindle does not read epub files, which are used in many library ebook platforms including EBL and ebrary.  You can transfer pdfs to a Kindle if the pdf does not have digital rights management (DRM) associated with it.

Kindle reads the following formats*:

·         Documents: Kindle (.AZW, .AZW1). Text (.TXT), Unprotected Mobipocket (.MOBI, .PRC) and PDF, which is DRM free.

·         Audible: Audible (.AA, .AAX)

·         Music: MP3 (.MP3)

*Consider searching amazon help support for your specific Kindle model and compatible file formats as there are differences among them.

Some Kindle compatible library ebook platforms:

Steps to identify the library ebook platform and  format of an ebook:

1.       Identify what platform the library ebook is from in the library catalog and click the WUSTL full text hyperlink:


And, following the above link, we discover the book is from Springer:


2.       In the Springer interface, the book appears in either HTML text or PDF.  A PDF, which has no digital rights management associated with it, can be transferred to Kindles.  For more information about Kindle compatible ebooks and transferring files, search Amazon’s help files:  (Note, you may have to search for your specific Kindle model.)

3.    Also, consider searching the library ebook platform help files for information on compatible ereaders.

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