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 …
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
- 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.
- Network – WiFi hotspot or direct connection to the Internet with a cable.
- Accounts – An account with a library, an Amazon account, and an email account.
The Partnership – Important to Know
Local 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.