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I thought I downloaded a book from the library and looked in

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I thought I downloaded a book from the library and looked in Archived Items. I can't find it. What are the steps to get it on my device?
JA: What's the make/model of your device? How old is it?
Customer: Amazon Kindle. Age - probably 5 or 6 years old.
JA: How long has this been going on? What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: First time I ever tried to use a library book.
JA: Anything else you want the eReader expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: That's my only question for now.
Submitted: 5 days ago.
Category: E-Readers
Expert:  Nathan replied 5 days ago.

This symptom can indicate several possible issues: an internal hardware failure, a low/faulty battery, or just a simple memory/firmware glitch.

The first step here will be to attempt to reboot the kindle. This is done by pressing/sliding and holding the power button for 20+ seconds, or until the screen flashes (usually with an image of a tree), then release. Give the kindle about a minute to start back up. Note that you may need to repeat this process 4-5 times for the reset to take effect. Let me know if the problem persists, we can then try some further steps.



Customer: replied 5 days ago.
It has been off and on many times. I downloaded this book (or thought I did) before my vacation. Couldn't find it. The Kindle has been on and off several times over the two week vacation.
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
No phone call. I'm not paying any more.
Expert:  Nathan replied 5 days ago.

You are seeing an automated ad by the site for a call or remote session. It is not sent by me. This is optional and may be ignored if you wish.

Please complete the specific reset steps I mentioned above.

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Expert:  Nathan replied 5 days ago.

Thank you,

now go into the tools/menu and choose the SYNC option. Does the book show at that point?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
I am not finding the tools/menu.
Expert:  Nathan replied 5 days ago.

Which specific model kindle do you have?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Kindle 3.4.2
Expert:  Nathan replied 5 days ago.

Thank you for confirming, that is the original keyboard model, so the menu is a bit different.

Can you tell me how you downloaded the library book?

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
In the settings mode (trying to find my Kindle version) I hit menu and it listed "Sync & Check for items". Is this what I want? That selection says I have no new items. Does that sound like it did not download?
Expert:  Nathan replied 5 days ago.

That is what I was trying to get you to, yes.

But that is really just to sync with the amazon servers.

If you were getting a book file from a local library, that goes though their own site/service, which is a different process.

Many libraries books will not work on these old kindles, or will only work if manually downloaded through a computer/usb connection

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
I should call the library for help?
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
I recall doing this through the computer (usb connection)
Expert:  Nathan replied 5 days ago.

That is what I would recommend at this point.

They may be able to email you the book file, and if so then I can guide you through doing this on your own computer,

or if you have to go back I can give you the steps to do it on their computer.

Customer: replied 5 days ago.
Thank you. I will contact them.
Customer: replied 5 days ago.
My local library has a help lab for e-reader users on Monday. I will go there and see if I can figure this out. Thank you.
Expert:  Nathan replied 5 days ago.

Great! If you need more help after speaking with them, feel free to get back in touch anytime.

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