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April 2011

What’s New · e-Readers

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Thinking of buying a Nook or Sony Reader for yourself or a fellow book lover? You aren’t alone—e-readers were the hot gift during the holidays! If you’ve been considering buying an e-reader, now’s a great time to jump in—prices are dropping, lots of new devices have hit the market recently, and the selection of downloadable books has exploded.

When it comes to picking the right device, however, the choices can be overwhelming. To take some of the confusion out of your shopping experience, here are some of the questions customers have been asking our staff:

Can I download library books to an e-reader?

Absolutely! The Ohio eBook Project, which the Library participates in, includes thousands of Adobe EPUB and PDF books that can be downloaded to many popular e-readers.

What kind of titles are in the Library’s collection?

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Our collection of downloadable ebooks includes a wide variety of bestselling titles from well-known authors. The rotating slideshow on our ebooks webpage is a great way to stay up-to-date on new additions to the Ohio eBook Project. And the best part? Downloadable ebooks are available 24/7! No late fees!

What kind of e-readers are compatible with the Library’s downloadables collection?

Well-known names include the Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, and Kobo. A complete list of compatible ebook readers is available on the Ohio eBook Project website.

Please note, the Kindle does not support downloadable library books.

What about the iPad?

The OverDrive Media Console app, which is optimized for iPads, is available in the App Store, and can be installed on Apple devices running iOS v4.0 (or newer).

What kind of e-reader should I buy?

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Here are some useful buyer’s guides:

Do I need any special software?

Yes. Before downloading Adobe books to your Nook, Kobo, etc., you must download the Adobe Digital Editions e-reader software from the Ohio eBook Project website. This free software is used to view and manage ebooks and transfer them to your device. Instructions for downloading the software are on the OEP website.

I’ve never downloaded an ebook from the Library before. How do I get started?

Spend some time reviewing the content on our ebook webpage. There, you’ll find a “New User’s Guide for eBooks”, tips for searching our catalog, FAQs, and slideshows showcasing new additions to our collection. Throughout the spring and summer, programs about working with our downloadables collection will be held throughout the library system.

What happens if I have technical questions or problems?

Contact your local branch and our staff will be happy to assist you!