How to Download eBooks 101 – Revised

ilovetoread_posterWith our new eMedia Catalog, the procedure for checking eBooks and eAudio Books out has changed along with adding new features, so we have updated our eBook Downloading 101 – 2013 workbook. These directions are for all devices with the exception of iOS devices. iPad, iPhone, iPod users need to continue to use the eBook Downloading for iOS Devices.

In addition, this week we will have a new log in method. You will no longer need to select the Library District. You will just enter your Library Card number and  zip code. We hope this makes it easier to access your eMedia Account especially on mobile devices.


New OverDrive Media Console for iOS Devices

The latest version of OverDrive Media Console for iOS devices gives readers fingertip access to dictionary definitions.

This morning, OverDrive launched OMC for iOS version 2.4.1. This updated OverDrive Media Console app for iPhone and iPad users includes a dictionary look-up feature with Wikipedia integration, several bug fixes and other performance improvements to make the eReading experience even better.

If you have a previous version of OMC for iOS on your device, you should see the update appear in your App Store shortly—if not already. New users can download the app from the Apple App Store.

The new OMC for iOS app is more functional and intuitive than ever before, streamlining the experience for iPhone and iPad users. You’ll find the dictionary look-up feature especially convenient: Just tap a word with your finger to find the definition. You can also navigate to the corresponding Wikipedia page for more information.

eReaders for Kids

Wondering how to get your kids to read more?  Try giving them an eReader.  Kids report they read more using an eReader.  Kids, are not sure why they read more.  It may have something to do with the Internet device being cool.  The Nook Color or an tablet such as iPad,  is great for younger children just getting started with picture books as they get the same color experience as they would with the print version of the book.  For older children into “chapter books”, an e-ink reader such as  a Sony or Nook . The eInk technology provides a great reading experience.

You are not locked in purchasing books either. The Virtual Library’s eMedia Catalog provides a great selection of ebooks for all ages.  Want to get started with downloading? This summer the Virtual Library will be hosting a workshop on eBook Downloading 101 for anyone who wants to learn how to download eBooks from the Library for free.

The Virtual Library would like know how you feel about allowing kids to use eReaders.  Please take the poll and let us know.

Summer + Reading = Success in School

Start your summer reading with an eBook or eAudio book and enjoy summer reading more!  Whether it’s an old favorite or a new release our eMedia Catalog has a lot to choose from for your summer reading.

Need help getting started with your new eReader? Start with MyHelp!  in the eMedia Catalog. It will walk you through the process of getting the software on your computer or device and how to get started downloading free Library eBooks or eAudio Books.

Don’t own an eBook reader?  Check out our Ebook Reader Comparsion Chart Revised February 2011 and reviews of eReaders including tablets on eRead Me Vegas.

During the Summer we will be providing Summer Reading recommendations for Kids and Teens on The Librarian’s Brain as well as eRead Me Vegas and Bookin’ Las Vegas.

Kids, don’t forgot to get your reading log so you can win prizes!

Teens you have a reading log too!

Getting Started with eBook Readers and eBooks

eBook Readers are hot! Are you looking to buy one soon? Do you want to be able to get eBooks from the library for free? Did you know not all ebook readers work with library ebooks?

To find out which ebook readers work with library ebooks review these helpful guides we have put together:

Short version of which eBook Readers work with Library eBooks includes information about the new Apps for iPhone, iTouch and iPad.

Join me March 8 at 10:30am to Noon at the Centennial Hills Library for a lively discussion on getting started with eBook Readers and eBooks.

When you get your ebook reader, open it, and need help visit eRead Me Vegas – FAQS, Tips & Tricks.

Remember the eMedia Catalog where you can download eBooks is open 24/7/365 days!