eBooks

Reading eBooks in the Browser

Reading eBooks in the Browser

A few times every week I’ll have customers approach me after searching our public catalogs and ask, “What does it mean if it says it’s an ‘eBook?'” When I explain, I always take care to emphasize that an eReader, tablet, or smartphone is not required for most of our digital materials in print—all that’s needed is a regular computer with a modern Web browser and active connection.

Returning Kindle eBooks Early - UPDATED

Returning Kindle eBooks Early - UPDATED

Thanks to our OverDrive ebook database, you have 24-hour access to a diverse collection of popular titles you can download instantly to your eReader, including the Amazon Kindle and Kindle apps. At the moment, users can have up to four titles checked out at once. The good news is that these eBooks can be returned early when you're finished with them, freeing up a space to your download limit. However, Kindle users may have noticed that Amazon has recently made a subtle change to the manner in which Kindle books are returned early. 

Join the Big Library Read and Take the OverDrive Challenge!

Join the Big Library Read and Take the OverDrive Challenge!

Help the library win $1,500 in new eBooks by meeting the OverDrive Challenge! If we download more than 7,065 eBooks in June—besting our previous monthly downloading record by 25%—OverDrive will give us $1,500 worth of new titles.

To jump-start the challenge, the library is participating in the Big Library Read, a global event sponsored by OverDrive. From June 3rd to 18th, you can download A Pedigree to Die For, the first book in Laurien Berenson’s unusual and fascinating Melanie Travis Mystery series. This is an opportunity for users from all over to read the same digital title at the same time without any wait lists or holds.

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.