Tuesday, March 20, 2012

eBooks Now Available at the Library

The Greenville Public Library is very happy to now provide eBooks and other materials for digital devices. By signing up with The Ohio eBook project, the Library can offer access to thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, music titles, and videos. The Ohio eBook Project is a consortium of 80 libraries in Ohio which is managed by the State Library of Ohio.

All you need is a library card and a personal computer, laptop, or any mobile device or eReader. First search for “Ohio eBook Project” or go directly to the website at www.ohdbks.lib.overdrive.com. There you will see how to set up for your particular computer or device. Sometimes this involves first installing free software but the instructions are easy to follow.

Then you’re ready to browse or search for items in the format that’s appropriate for your device. Add items to your cart and when ready, proceed to check-out using your library card number. Follow the instructions for downloading, transferring if necessary, and using your materials. Kindle devices will take you directly to Amazon to browse and download.

The materials will be available on your device for the length of the lending period then disappear. If that happens you can search for them and download again (some books have a limit such as being downloadable 24 times). Digital materials are available 24/7 from anywhere in the world! It’s never been easier to browse a library and “check out” a book.

The Library plans to host an “eBook Party” in April in order to offer help to those who might not know how to set up their device or feel unsure how to use the website. More info soon! If there is a demand, we may also offer a computer class to cover these subjects. In the meantime, go to the website and explore for yourself. The ability to offer digital materials is the result of the passing of our operating levy last fall - thanks again for your support!

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