April 2015

eBranch · eBooks

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eBook Services Comparison Chart

Details Overdrive Hoopla Freading
What kind of materials are in the collection? Adobe EPUB, Kindle, PDF, and Overdrive READ eBooks. Ebooks and comic books. Adobe EPUB and PDF eBooks.
Is special software needed to read the eBooks on my computer? Adobe Digital Editions is needed to download EPUB titles. Overdrive READ titles are read in a web browser. Yes, Widevine Media Optimizer, an add-on for Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer. If you're using Chrome, you'll want to make sure your Flash player is up-to-date. Yes, Adobe Digital Editions.
Are apps available for my mobile device? Yes, the Overdrive app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire/HD, Nook Color/Tablet, and Windows 8 devices, or the Kindle reading app. Yes, the Hoopla Digital app for iOS and Android devices. Yes, the Freading app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices. The app is not compatible with Nook tablets.
What devices are compatible with the collections? A list of supported devices is available here. The list of supported devices is available in the "Technical Questions" section of Hoopla Help. 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. You will also need to create a free account with Hoopla. Yes and your PIN .
How many titles can be checked out at a time? 40 Customers have a checkout limit of 12 downloads per month. Hoopla also has a daily limit for downloads which resets at 8:00 pm. Please try after 8:00 pm, or the following day, if you receive this message: The daily lending limit has been met. Please save this title to your Favorites and try again tomorrow. Customers have a checkout limit of 3 books per week. Unused checkouts roll over to the next week, and up to 3 subsequent weeks.
How long is the loan period? 7, 14, or 21 days 21 days 14 days
Can I place holds on titles? If a title is checked out, you must put your name on a waiting list for it. Hoopla Digital titles are always available; you don't have to put holds on them. Freading eBooks are always available; you don't have to put holds on them.
Can titles be renewed? Titles can be renewed once during the original checkout period if no one else is on the waiting list. Titles cannot be renewed. Titles can be renewed once during the original checkout period.
Can I accumulate overdue fines? No overdue fines; the titles are returned automatically. No overdue fines; the titles are returned automatically. No overdue fines; the titles are returned automatically.
What if I have technical questions or problems? See the Help section of the Overdrive website, and our New User Guides for the Kindle, Overdrive app, and basic eReaders. You can also contact the Library's Virtual Information Center by phone (513-369-6900) or email. See the Help section of the Hoopla website. You can also contact the Library's Virtual Information Center by phone (513-369-6900) or email. See the Frequently Asked Questions section of the Freading website. You can also contact the Library's Virtual Information Center by phone (513-369-6900) or email.

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

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