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eBooks & eReaders


eBook Formats • Audiobooks – Books read aloud by a vocal artist – May be downloaded from the library – Download, transfer or burn to CD

• E-books – Text-based – Downloaded and read from a computer or from an e-reader


File Formats • Audiobooks – WMA, MP3, burn to CDs, transfer to mobile devices

• E-books – PDF – E-Pub – Read on computer, transfer to an ereader or another mobile device


eReaders • • • • • •

Amazon’s Kindle Barnes & Nobles’ Nook Border’s Kobo Sony Reader Apple’s iPad and iPod Touch More devices on the way while prices keep going down • Ereader comparison chart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_readers


Other Mobile Devices • Smartphones – Blackberry, Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile

• Download apps – – – –

Amazon Kindle iBook Barnes and Nobles’ Nook Stanza

• Tablets – iPad – Slate – Samsung’s tablet


Get ebooks for free!!! • HPL provides free access to: – Downloadable audiobooks – Ebooks – Valid library card – Remote access only

• Vendors include: – NetLibrary – Overdrive


Access ebooks from the homepage


Overdrive • Formats – Downloadable audiobooks – Ebooks – Videos – Music

• Browse, Check Out, Download • Place a Hold / Retrieve a Hold • Transfer / Burn • Portable Devices • Support Resources


Windows Computers: First-time users of OverDrive Media Console will be prompted to complete a one-time security upgrade for Windows Media Player. Follow the prompts to complete the upgrade.


Please read the Overdrive Help FAQ! You can find answers to most of your questions here.


NetLibrary • Create free account • Audiobooks • Ebooks • Browse • Checkout • Download


NetLibrary Audiobooks • Plays on MP3 player only; no iPods • Must download NetLibrary Media Center • Allows library customers to directly download; no need to go through library’s portal or Windows Media Player

eBooks • Some are only viewable on the NetLibrary website • Allows similar ereader features such as bookmarking, searching, notes etc. • Some titles may be downloaded and transferred to a Sony Reader or Palm device • Many technical titles are available • Click on “Help” to troubleshoot • Toll free # 800-758-5995


More free ebooks! • Project Gutenberg – http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

• e Library – http://e-library.net/free-ebook.htm

• Free-eBooks – http://www.free-ebooks.net/

• Freebyte’s Guide to Free eBooks – http://www.freebyte.com/free_ebooks/


eBooks & eReaders