Thinking of buying an ereader or tablet for the book lover on your holiday shopping list? Now's a great time to buy! Prices are dropping and lots of new devices have hit the market.
When it comes to picking the right device, the choices can be overwhelming. To take some of the confusion out of your shopping experience, here are a few questions customers have been asking our staff:
Can I download library books to an ereader or tablet?
Absolutely! Our Downloadables Collection includes thousands of ebooks and audiobooks* from bestselling authors. And the best part? Downloadable titles are available 24/7! No late fees!
What kind of devices are compatible with the Library’s downloadables collection?
Well-known names include the Amazon Kindle and Kindle Fire, Barnes & Noble Nook, iPad, Google Nexus, Kobo, and more!
What kind of ereader or tablet should I buy?
There are a number of factors to consider, including battery life, weight/size, and whether or not you need web access. Here are some useful buyer’s guides:
- E-book Reader Buying Guide (Consumer Reports)
- Hot Gift Is a Tablet, but Which to Buy? (New York Times)
- E-Readers Reviews of the Kindle, Nook and other E-Readers (PC World)
- Tablets and E-Book Readers Holiday Gift Guide (CNET)
- Tablets and Reading Devices (Publishers Weekly)
We've also put together an ereader and tablet comparison guide that identifies some of the devices that are compatible with the Library's downloadable services.
How can I get some hands-on experience with these devices?
Selected Library locations are hosting "ereader petting zoos" in December. Stop by, take an iPad, Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire for a test drive, and see how easy it is to download titles from the Library's collection!
- Symmes Township Branch, December 12, 2:00 p.m.
- Delhi Township Branch, December 12, 7:00 p.m.
- Sharonville Branch, December 14 and 15, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
- North Central Branch, December 14, 3:30 p.m.
- Mt. Washington Branch, December 17, 6:00 p.m.
- Green Township Branch, December 17, 7:00 p.m.
- Westwood Branch, December 28 and 29, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (registration recommended)
What about smartphones?
Absolutely! Our downloadable ebooks and audiobooks can be downloaded to iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows devices.
I’ve never downloaded a Library book before. How do I get started?
What if I have technical questions or problems?
Contact your local branch or the Library's Virtual Information Center by phone (513-369-6900) or email and our staff will be happy to assist you!
*You can download music from our collection to many tablets as well!