eBook Overdrive Experts Now Aiding Dearborn Residents
Robin McInnis was the first person to ask for assistance in downloading Overdrive, a software that will enable her to download ebooks to her iPad. Robin is a music teacher with the St. Joseph school district and had just received the iPad for her work. The Dearborn staff was ready for her. Overdrive is a fantastic database filled with thousands of ebooks, and it's available free to MCPL card holders.
I never thought I would use a Kindle, or any other type of eBook reader. My husband insisted that I needed one, though. I think he was just looking for ideas for my Christmas present and was coming up blank. I kept telling him no. I work in a library, and why would I ever buy a book? Well, most of you know by now that the Library offers eBooks for checkout as a free service. Don’t you just love free stuff?
Many of you will either gift a shiny new eReader this holiday season or receive one yourself, and your situation will be different than mine was back in 2009 when I oohed and ahhed over the first-generation Nook. Bulkier than many newer models and equipped with only a partial touchscreen, my device doesn't hold a candle to some of the eReading options available today. Here are a few readers that are worth your consideration. They are linked to the corresponding product page.
If you received a Kindle, Nook, or tablet for Christmas, you may be wondering just what you can do with your new device. Did you know that we have eBooks available for checkout from the library? With no overdue fines, 24/7 availability, and an ever-expanding collection, MCPL is ready to serve your digital needs. We provide free access to OverDrive Digital Downloads for our customers with eBooks and audiobooks that can be accessed on tons of different devices (even on smartphones and computers).
For Christmas, I gave my sister a Kindle Fire (thank you Cyber Monday sale!), something she had talked about buying for over a year. She teaches first and second grade at Rural Center Elementary—a small school south of Abilene, KS. Her busy schedule does not always allow her to get to the library unless she is visiting our parents in Hays, KS. So as excited as she was to have a Kindle Fire, she was even more excited to learn that both the Hays and Abilene Public Libraries are part of the Sunflower eLibrary, which is powered by OverDrive.
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Two weeks ago, I finally ventured into new technological territory and purchased my first eReader. This purchase came after spending almost a year pondering what type of device I thought would best suit my wants and needs, and learning how various devices worked in regards to checking out eBooks through the OverDrive Digital Downloads website.
Join us from March 3rd through 9th as we celebrate Read an eBook Week (yes, there is and actual event for that!). Visit OverDrive to browse through our available eBook titles. If you don't own a reader, the Smithville Branch has several Sony eReaders available for checkout, and our staff is always willing to help get you started.
Not long ago, the Library was closed for two weekdays. The next week there was another storm and the Library was closed yet again. I got cabin fever. I was tired of being stuck inside. The books I had checked out from the Library no longer interested me. Then I thought of a solution. I used my Android tablet to open the free OverDrive Media Console app. From there, I went to OverDrive—where a vast selection of choices was waiting to be downloaded.
The number of people using eBook readers is growing. A recent survey shows that 21% of American adults have read an eBook this past year, and more are purchasing Nooks, Kindles, iPads, and other eReaders. If you are looking at purchasing an eReader soon, or you already have one and are needing help downloading eBooks to your device (for FREE through the Library), we can help you!
Recently, a colleague and I spent part of the day at the local post office promoting National Library Week. We had a nice time talking with people, and we even signed a few up for library cards. I was wondering what we could offer people who already had cards and already use the Library on a regular basis. The answer to that is information about other services we offer besides checking out books.