Enjoying Library Books On Your Mobile Device – Overview

i love libraries

i love the sounds and smells in a library

i love the personalities of librarians; mysterious, studious, and school principal-like

i love the feel of a hardback book in my hands

But, there are times when you can’t make it to the library — when you physically can’t get there or aren’t feeling well enough to go.  This is when an e-book is a great alternative. In addition, they have some unique characteristics physical books do not.  With an e-book YOU CAN …

search them

look up words while reading

read with large, extra large, or extra-extra large font

add electronic notes

highlight sections of text and find them later

bookmark your location then pick up where you left off on a different device

take as many with you as you can check outwithout needing a visit to the chiropractor

And what they do share with a physical book:

they’re free for checking out from your library

This is the first in a series of posts showing you how easy it is to borrow e-books from your library.

Narrowing the Focus

There are many e-book formats and e-reader devices.  This series will focus on:


The Kindle e-book format and reading on a Kindle e-reader or any of your mobile devices — your smart phone, your laptop, or your tablet.


What You Need

  1. Hardware – A Kindle e-reader, a smartphone, or a tablet.  And the cool thing is, if you have one or more of these devices, you can alternate between reading on one device and another with your progress kept in synch!  That is device happiness right there.
  2. Network – WiFi hotspot or direct connection to the Internet with a cable.
  3. Accounts – An account with a library, an Amazon account, and an email account.

The Partnership – Important to Know

OverDriveLogoLocal libraries have partnered with a company named OverDrive to manage their inventory of e-books and facilitate the borrowing activities surrounding them.  This partnership results in the delivery of your “digital library.”

Overdrive maintains a unique site for your library, which is where you’ll find, download, and return your borrowed e-books.  It’s a little sneaky, ’cause the site actually looks like your library’s site, but it’s really not.  If you look at the web address displayed in the address bar at the top of your browser, you’ll notice it is different.


Borrowing e-books from your library can be distilled into six basic steps.  Each step will be described in detail throughout this series.

e-Book Overview

The e-book series: OVERVIEW –1- Go to Library –2- Find A Book –3- Found A Book –4- Download > Read > Return

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