eBooks

Your Guide to eBook Retailers

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The holiday shopping season is looming which means it’s time for a new round of eReaders to be introduced from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and maybe, just maybe, Apple, and there will be several months of us giving them our money.  But before you buy, read on to find out exactly what you’re getting into, in terms of both hardware and retailer.

eBook Reality Check

Photo of Kindle Touch

You may have noticed that eBooks and eReaders are catching on with people.  With reports of ridiculously large sales numbers around the holidays, such as the one million Kindles sold each week of the 2011 holiday season, one gets the feeling that these gadgets might just have some staying power. 

At the Central Rappahannock Regional Library we have been delighted to offer the public free eBooks to check out through services like EBSCOhost and OverDrive. 

Overall, the public seems to be equally delighted with the service as our circulation statistics for eBooks continues to climb.
 

EBooks from the library have a number of advantages:eReaders - Kindle, iPad, smartphone

  • No late fees, period!
    Now, we have heard from numerous patrons that eBooks they check out will, through one technical hiccup or another, remain on their devices past the check-out period and concerns have been raised that overdue fees will be assessed because of this.  Have no fear: if you’ve experienced this difficulty, it does not change the fact that your eBook is indeed available for other patrons to check out, and you will not be fined one cent.
     
  • 24-hour service: our digital offerings are available for you to check out any time, any day, regardless of whether the library is open.  You want to read a Sookie Stackhouse book at 2 AM on a Sunday morning?  You can do that on OverDrive! Or, maybe you’re working at the last minute on a big paper for school and you need some serious non-fiction to help your research, but the library is closed.  Well, head over to EBSCOhost; with book titles as diverse as “Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-learning and Civic Engagement” and “Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War,” I’m pretty sure EBSCOhost has your back when it comes to research.

    (Photo of eReaders by The Daring Librarian)
     
  • There are practically no limits on your checkouts. 
    Now, I do say practically.  Technically, OverDrive limits you to three checkouts at a time, but you can return your books quite easily to free up space in your checkout queue for another title. This can be done through the Amazon.com if you checked the book out on a Kindle, through Adobe Digital Editions if you’re reading it on a Nook or Sony, or through the OverDrive Media Console app if you’re using a tablet computer.  And while EBSCOhost does not yet allow books to be returned early, you can have up to fifty titles checked out at once; we hope that will be enough.
     

Downloading Library eBooks

Downloading Library eBooks

Now that you have purchased your eReader, learn how to download ebooks from the library for FREE!  Bring in your eReader (and laptop if you own one) to your local branch to get hands on help downloading, reading, and deleting ebooks from your own device.  Here's the where and when:

Snow
   Tuesday, January 3, 1:00-3:00 pm
   Tuesday, January 10, 1:00-3:00 pm

Salem Church
   Wednesday, January 4, 2:00-4:00 pm

England Run
   Thursday, January 5, 2:00-4:00 pm
   Saturday, January 7, 2:00-4:00 pm

Headquarters
   Saturday, January 7, 2:00-4:00 pm
   Monday , January 9, 2:00-4:00 pm
   Tuesday, January 10, 6:00-8:00 pm

Porter
   Wednesday, January 11, 6:00-8:00 pm

The library has over 58,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks ready for you to enjoy FREE.  Learn about the collections, availability, downloading, and compatible portable devices, on our eBooks & eAudio page

Library eBooks now available for the Amazon Kindle!

eBooks now available for the Amazon Kindle!

eBooks for the KindleAt long last eBooks are now available for checkout for the Amazon Kindle®!

Over 900 eBooks are now available for the Kindle through our OverDrive Web site. Our new OverDrive eBook service is popular, so if you see a book that you want, but it's checked out, simply click the "Request It" link to place a hold. You'll be notified as soon as it's available.

This update allows almost all of our OverDrive eBooks to be read on all Kindle devices or by using free Kindle apps on iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and other mobile devices. At launch, there will be a small number of PDF titles that are not yet available for Kindle. OverDrive and Amazon are working to reduce this number to achieve greater coverage.

All you need is an Amazon.com account (credit card NOT required) and your library barcode & pin to sign into your OverDrive account! (Contact us if you are unable to locate your barcode & pin. It is the same information you use to login to your account when using our library catalog.)

Give it a try! overdrive.librarypoint.org

New eBook & eAudio Platform: NetLibrary is now EBSCOhost

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NetLibrary users can now access our eBook and eAudio collection through EBSCOhost's new web site.

Even if you previously had an account with NetLibrary, you will need to create a new account with EBSCOhost.

Watch the video below for an overview of creating your myEBSCOhost account and how to download eBooks.

You can also ask a reference librarian to create an account for you in person or over the phone.
Call your branch and ask for the adult reference desk.

Please visit our eBooks page for more tips on creating your myEBSCOhost account and for a short video with tips on searching for eBooks and how to download eAudio.

Free eBooks for your eReader!

A loving relative (or maybe it was you, yourself!) was good to you this holiday season and now you want to fill up your Kindle or Sony Reader with books.  Or you are looking for even more to do with your iPod Touch. Try these sites for free eBooks:

The eBook eVolution

Let’s talk about eBook readers. I’m sure you’ve seen one by now. Rectangular pieces of plastic capable of storing thousands of books to be read anytime, anywhere. Now equipped with screens employing the latest “electronic ink” technology that mimics the lighting qualities of real paper, they are fast supplanting the "traditional" portable media player as the tech to talk about.