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.