Monday, March 10, 2014

TTW 2014: We have Ebooks for Teens!

One of the great benefits of having a library card is that you have access to tons of free books!  But did you know you can check out books from the library from the warmth of your home?  We have an eBook collection that you can access anywhere you have the Internet.  That means if the library is closed, you can still check out great books!  All you need is your library card number and your pin.  If you don't have a pin, you can set one up here.  Just type in your library card number, leave the pin field blank, and press "submit".

How do you get started?  If you are on your computer, then just click here.  For any device, you will need an Adobe Account in order to get the licensing rights to borrow books. I recommend setting up an Adobe Account here before trying to download books.  If you are using an iPad, iPhone, tablet (including kindle or nook versions), or smartphone then I would go to your app store and download the "Overdrive Media Console" app.  The app is free to download and books or audio you check out will download directly to the device.  Before you browse for books, be sure to Sign In to your account with your library card and pin.  You'll want to select Arlington/Robbins Library, if you live in Arlington that is, when it asks you to select your library.  Logging in will give you accurate information about whether we own an item or if it is available.  Once you are logged in you can browse and search for items!  You can limit your browsing to books for Teens and only display items that are available.

Other basic information you should know:
There are text eBooks and audio eBooks.  Like regular books, only one person can have an eBook checked out at a time.  That means there are wait lists for books. You can only have 7 eBooks on your "Holds List" but you can have an unlimited number of books on your "Wish List".  You can also only have 7 eBooks checked out at a time.  EBooks can be checked out for up to 2 or 3 weeks, depending on the book.  Once that time limit has been reached, the book will no longer be accessible on your device.  You can return books early through most devices.  Here is a basic guide on how to use OverDrive.

Device specific information:
If you are going to read on an eReader, that will involve going through the OverDrive website and then syncing the content onto your device.  Click here for information on how to download eBooks to specific readers and other devices.  For Nook eReaders you'll need to download Adobe Digital Editions (be sure you've set up an Adobe Account) in order to transfer eBooks via the USB cord.
***Be sure to plug in your Nook using the USB cord BEFORE downloading any ebook to your computer.  Your computer needs to recognize the nook before it opens Adobe Digital Editions.***.  When using a Kindle reader, you'll need to go through your Amazon account to wireless send your book to your Kindle.   We recommend being logged into Amazon before borrowing books through OverDrive.  ***If at anytime Amazon is asking you to buy the book, then something has gone wrong with the process, don't buy the book! Once you purchase the book, you won't be able to get your money back!***

Does this sound confusing?  It can be!  If you ever need help figuring out any of this information, our Reference Staff is available to help!  There are also plenty of help videos if you are more of a visual learner.


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