Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

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Looking for Business or Career Books for your Kindle, Nook, or iPad?

by Melissa Andrews

The Boston Public Library has a large collection of downloadable business & career books covering the areas of management, productivity, economics, investing, exam prep and more that you can enjoy on your kindle, nook or ipad.

To browse or search our collection of  business books follow these easy steps:

From a computer, go to to search the BPL’s collection of downloadable media.

In the upper right hand corner of the page you will see a link to Login to Overdrive with your BPL card and pin number. You can login at anytime while you are searching or browsing for books, but you must have a valid library card be to place holds or check out books.

 On the left-hand menu, click or cursor over browse ebooks by subject for a pop-up menu of subjects. Select Business and Careers from the menu to see a list of all of the books in our business ebook collection.


Or, if you’re searching for a particular book or format, click on the Advanced Search tab at the top of the Overdrive page to create a specific search. On the Advance Search page you can limit to kindle or epub format, subject, and/or  search by title. If you are looking for a book you can check out right away, click the Available Now option before you search.


You can search within results page or sort by newest, most popular, title our author (creator).

Be mindful of the device you own and the format you are selecting. Kindle books on kindle devices, epub books for nooks and ipads will read both though you must have a kindle app on your ipad to read the kindle books.

If you placed a hold on an item you will receive an email when the item is ready to added to your cart and downloaded.

If books are available now, the books will be added to your cart you will be directed to your cart to review the titles. You can check out now, or continue looking for books. Items in your cart will be held for an hour. When you are ready to check out books click on the My Cart tab at the top of the page and follow the onscreen prompts and instructions.

When you are reading to transfer the book to your device, follow the directions available at any of these sites:

Boston Public Computing Centers

Overdrive.com -Public Library Books for Kindle  –


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