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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Need Help With Your New E-Reader?

Posted by Staff

We've seen an increase in the number of people stopping by the circulation desk with their new e-readers.  Many of our staff use devices of their own, and if you have general questions about downloading e-books or the basics of how to use your device, we can help.  If you prefer, we have a set of self-help PDF's for Kindles, i-Pads and Nooks. You can view these online, or print one out to use at home.

We also have a wide variety of e-books available for you to check-out and download through OverDrive.  At the beginning of January, we had over 5300 e-book and 1300 audiobook titles from which you can choose.   You will need your Edwardsville barcode and PIN.  If you don't know your PIN, call the circulation desk to set a new one. 

Things to know about downloading e-books from the library:
1.  You will need your Edwardsville barcode and PIN to start an account.  If you don't know your PIN, call the circ. desk to set a new one.  If you are not an Edwardsville patron, contact your home library to see if e-books are available to you.
2. E-books are just like paper books in the library; there are limited numbers of copies available.  If a title is checked out, you have to put a 'hold' on it, and your name is added to the hold list.  You will be notified via e-mail when the book is ready for you.  You have a few days to check it out and download it.
3.  You can check-out five books at a time.
4.  Books can be returned early.  Files may remain on your device after the loan period, but they can't be read.  You must check out the book again.
5.  You can search by genre, title, author, or type of device/file.  See our PDF's for more on this.
5.  An e-reader can also be used to listen to audiobooks - and you can download those as well.

As always, if you have questions, please let us know.

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