eBooks

BARD Mobile

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The BARD Mobile app allows our Talking Book customers to access Braille and talking books directly from NLS (BARD). BARD offers a  collection of nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and musical scores, with new selections added daily.

BARD is up and running again despite the government shutdown. There has also been a mobile app set up for iPhones or iPads. You can obtain the free app from the Apple iTunes store.  

Zinio Digital Magazines

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Through a partnership with the Library of Virginia, we now offer Zinio for Libraries, a free digital magazine service from Recorded Books (RBdigital) and Zinio.com.

You have access to full digital copies of nearly 200 popular magazines! Browse from our collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

Find out how to get started now!

  • Zinio on tabletsCurrent Issues - New issues are released at the same time as the print edition and are ready for immediate download. (Back issues currently not available.)
     
  • Easy browsing - Search for your favorite magazines by title or category.
     
  • Manage your collection - Checkout and read magazines instantly on your computer (PC or Mac), or access magazines on your portable device. 
     
  • No limits - Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish.

You can access Zinio magazines using a Windows or Mac computer, as well as a wide variety of Apple iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones, tablets, and mobile devices, including the Kindle Fire and Nook HD/HD+, using a free Zinio Reader app! 

Big Library Read from OverDrive

Big Library Read

Thousands of library patrons around the world are participating in the first ever Big Library Read of an eBook, and you are invited to join in the fun. For the next two weeks, from May 15 - June 1, 2013,  The Four Corners of the Sky by Michael Malone will be available to everyone through OverDrive to check out and download onto all major devices - that's right, no holds! You can also read it through your browser via OverDrive Read.

Four Corners of the Sky is a "novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families. Malone brings characters to life as only he can, exploring the questions that defy easy answers: Is love a choice or a calling? Why do the ties of family bind so tightly? And is forgiveness a gift to others...or a gift we give ourselves?"

Check out Four Corners of the Sky from OverDrive today with your barcode and pin!

Looking for a good cheap tablet? Get a Nook HD while you can!

Looking for a good cheap tablet?  Get a Nook HD while you can!

In the past I have lambasted Barnes and Noble's Nook products for a number of reasons, but none of them have to do with device itself.  I dislike how eBooks purchased from B&N are encrypted with the credit card number used to purchase them (don't forget that number!). I dislike how stripped-down the app selection is. I dislike their severe lack of media offerings.  But the device itself?  It's got good specs!  Nice  HD screen, decent processor speed, expandable storage, slick design—it's got all the makings of a great tablet, save for the fact that it has been tethered exclusively to Barnes and Noble's horrible business practices.  But that has now changed with a significant price drop and the addition of the Google Play app store.  If you're on the fence about a tablet purchase, I now have to actually, grudgingly recommend the Nook HD over everything else!

New OverDrive eBook site coming April 25!

Coming Soon: Next Generation OverDrive Experience

Starting tomorrow, our OverDrive eBook web site will have a new look and new features!

You'll be able to take advantage of streamlined checkout with One-Step Checkout, and a new web browsesr-based reader, OverDrive Read, will be available for many titles.

Find out more here and check out this video to see what’s coming soon:

Project Gutenberg

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"Powered by ideas, ideals, and by idealism." This is one of the first few lines in the mission statement of Project Gutenberg, a Web site stating that it is the first—and largest—single collection of free eBooks. Another tidbit worth mentioning is the fact that it is completely run by volunteers, and there are no dues or membership requirements. While they do gladly accept donations and new volunteers, the site makes its main goal clear: “...provide as many eBooks in as many formats as possible for the entire world to read in as many languages as possible.”

Adobe Digital Editions for Geniuses

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If you own a Nook, Sony, Kobo, or other non-Amazon e-ink (black and white) eBook reader listed here and you’ve checked out eBooks from CRRL, chances are you’ve had the misfortune of dealing with Adobe Digital Editions, the gateway between most copy-protected eBooks and reading devices.  If you’re planning on giving or receiving one of these toys this holiday season, you’ll want to read on.  Adobe Digital Editions is poorly designed, non-intuitive and relies far, far too heavily on keyboard shortcuts and buried menus.  Even with its recent, underwhelming 2.0 update, be you tech “dummy” or “genius," it’s a pain. Sadly, it’s what we’re all required to use in order to get our eBooks from the Internet to our devices.  Read on to learn its secrets.  

CRRL Offers More eBooks with Freading

Freading - A New Look at eBook Lending

Thanks to the Library of Virginia, CRRL customers now have access to more eBooks via Freading.

To browse and check out eBooks, visit our Freading web site, and log in using your library barcode and four digit pin number.

 

Quick FAQs:

  • Freading is a token based platform. Each customer gets 4 tokens per week. These roll over for 4 weeks, for a maximum of 16 tokens, and then they leave your account. A week is Monday to Sunday from  midnight, EST.
  • Books cost 4, 2, or 1 token(s). In general, this is based on how new a book is.
  • Checkout period is 2 weeks. Books can be renewed once for "free" or for a number of tokens depending on the title.
  • Freading allows simultaneous use of titles, so no holds necessary!

The 2012 Holiday eReader Tech Guide

The 2012 Holiday eReader Tech Guide

Updated November 2013: After a year of living with much of this tech, I have some new insights that should help you decide if you want to settle for slightly older hardware at cheaper prices when shopping for the 2013 holiday season.  I have also provided links to the updated versions of the devices that were listed in 2012 as alternatives to the standard Apple/Amazon/Google/B&N devices.

An Open Letter to eBook Publishers & Retailers: How and Why to Fix eBooks

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Dear eBook Retailers & Publishers, 

The eBook world has fallen into an even sorrier state with Amazon's announcement that its new Kindle Fires will feature unwanted advertisements right out of the box (though Amazon caved pretty quickly on offering users a way to buy out the ads).  I read that, then I re-read my last blog post reviewing different aspects of eBook retailers: four pages worth of trying to make sense of the eBook landscape and that was after some serious condensing.  I brooded for a moment, then said to myself, "eBooks are a big, stinky mess!"  

I keep hoping and praying that the eBook situation will get better, but aside from Tor's announcement that their eBooks will no longer be copy-protected, things are getting worse.  There are too many different eBook stores using too many different file and copy-protection standards, methods for transferring eBooks, and too many types of hardware, many tied to a single retailer.  So to the eBook powers-that-be: I'm done being coy and hoping that you'll come to these conclusions on your own.  Here's what you need to do!