Friday, July 6, 2012

Your Library's Website: Helping You With EBooks

Since June 1, you may have noticed a new heading on your library's website: Digital Content. While you may have seen that “Downloadable Books” has been split into Downloadable eBooks and Downloadable eAudiobooks and that “Research a Topic” has been moved and renamed Articles and Tutorials, I would like to specifically talk to you about the “Downloadable eBooks” page. Due to the overwhelming interest in eBooks and the addition of the Freading service, the “Downloadable eBooks” page has been revamped as a one stop shop for all your eBook needs.

At the top of the page, you will find links to all of our eBook services and suppliers, including OverDrive, Freading, and our TumbleBookLibrary. Directly across from these links, you should see links to help information available on our and these services’ websites. At the very top, there is also a link to our in-house guide for setting up with Adobe Digital Editions.

In the middle of the page, we have created links to all of our eReader Help Guides and listed Popular Devices that use eBooks. Between Chinook Arch and Lethbridge Public Library staff, a total of nine guides have been created (see additional guides on the Downloadable eAudiobooks page.) We have also broken up the most popular devices into the categories of eReaders, Phones, and Tablets and indicated if they work with library eBooks and what software you need to download them.

At the very bottom of the page, we have added some Consumer Resource links under the "Thinking of getting an eReader?" section. With these links you should be able to gather more information about the devices available to you before heading off to the store.

If you or your staff have not yet had a chance to explore this page, I would strongly encourage you to do so. As many eBooks questions can be complicated and involve multiple steps, we are hoping that the information on this page will help you learn more about these services.

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