News from NOPL- Jan. 26

We're getting a lot of questions about e-books and e-readers at the library. Our e-book collection-shared by all Onondaga County libraries-currently contains over 700 titles, a number that is sure to increase significantly in 2011 given the enormous popularity of these items. While getting e-books out of the library catalog and onto an e-reader may require some patience the first time-librarians are the first to admit that the software is not quite the seamless operation we want it to be-library e-books represent a great way to get more mileage out of your library card and your expensive e-reader. E-books, just like out dead-tree books, won't cost you anything to check out. So long as you have a valid library card and you know your PIN, the whole process can be completed from home, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How to download e-books from the library onto your e-reader: What do I need?

+ A compatible e-reader (visit nopl.org for a current list). Kindles do not work with library e-books, though there is a room that they soon will be.

+ A valid library card and PIN.

+ A computer with an internet connection.

+ Download Adobe digital editions (adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/).

+ Download any necessary software for your e-reader.

How do I get a library e-book?

+ Go to nopl.org.

+ Click on the digital downloads link.

+ Click on one of the e-book links (be careful you are not selecting an audiobook ).

+ Titles with a link that says "add to cart" are available for immediate use. Titles that say "add to digital reserve list" are currently out but a hold can be placed.

+ Find the title you want and click on "add to cart."

+ Click on "proceed to checkout."

+ Enter your library card and PIN numbers.

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