November 2013

Downloadables · Support Resources for Ebooks

The Library's collection includes ebooks from three vendors: Overdrive, Freading, and 3M Cloud Library. We've put together a comparison guide that identifies some popular tablets and readers that are compatible with our downloadable services. Need help getting started? Check out our ebook tip sheet and the following resources:

Downloadable Ebooks from Overdrive

New additions to the Downloadables Collection!

Always Available Ebooks from Freading

3M Cloud Library

Searching for Ebooks in Our Catalog

Ebook Issues Facing Libraries

Ebook Services Comparison Chart

Details Overdrive Ebooks Freading Ebooks 3M Cloud Library
What kind of materials are in the collection? Adobe EPUB, Kindle, PDF, and Overdrive READ ebooks. Adobe EPUB and PDF ebooks. Adobe EPUB ebooks
Is special software needed to download the ebooks to my computer? Adobe Digital Editions is needed to download EPUB titles. Overdrive READ titles are read in a web browser. Yes, Adobe Digital Editions Yes, the 3M Cloud Library app for PCs or Macs
Are apps available for my tablet or smartphone? Yes, the Overdrive Media Console app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire/HD, Nook Color/Tablet, and Windows 8 devices, or the Kindle reading app Yes, the Freading app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices. The app is not compatible with Nook tablets. Yes, the 3M Cloud Library app for iOS, Android, Nook Color/Tablet, and Kindle Fire/HD devices.
What devices are compatible with the collections? A list of supported devices is available here. A list of supported devices is available here A list of supported devices is available here
Will I need my library card?* Yes and your PIN. Your card must be in good standing. Yes and your PIN. Yes and your PIN. Your card must be in good standing.
How many titles can be checked out at a time? 20 Every Monday morning, you are given four tokens which are exchanged for downloads. Each ebook "costs" one, two, or four tokens. 20
How long is the loan period? 7, 14, or 21 days 14 days 21 days
Can I place holds on titles? If a title is checked out, you must put your name on a waiting list for it Freading ebooks are always available so you don't have to put holds on them If a title is checked out, you must put your name on a waiting list for it
Can titles be renewed? Titles can renewed once during the original checkout period if no one else is on the waiting list Titles can be renewed once during the original checkout period Titles cannot be renewed
Can I accumulate overdue fines? Titles are returned automatically so no overdues Titles are returned automatically so no overdues Titles are returned automatically so no overdues

*The Library now offers "downloadable only" library cards.