[accesscomp] Fw: Dan's Tip for February 6 2013,(How to use your iPhone, iPad or )

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Subject: Dan's Tip for February 6 2013,(How to use your iPhone, iPad or )

How to use your iPhone, iPad or Mac to borrow ebooks from the library 

By Geoffrey Goetz 

Jan. 26, 2013 - 9:00 AM PST Jan. 26, 2013 - 9:00 AM PST 


You may be familiar with purchasing books and magazines for your iPhone and 
iPad, but have you ever borrowed an ebook or digital edition of a magazine from 
your local library?  As more and more local libraries are adding online digital 
catalogs of books for borrowing, it's a great - and cheaper! - way of building 
up your digital library for free.  After trying out a few methods for using the 
resources of your local library to borrow electronic versions of your favorite 
ebooks, magazines and audiobooks, I've written up a quick guide to follow.

Borrowing ebooks with OverDrive

Most libraries are choosing a third party to host and manage the lending 
process.  One such service provider, OverDrive Digital Downloads, is what my 
local library uses.



OverDrive currently supports 18,000 libraries with millions of readers. The 
experience is not quite what you would expect if you're used to Apple's 
integrated iBooks app or Amazon's Kindle bookstore. But it does work, and once 
you have the ebook on your iPhone or iPad, the reading experience is just about 
the same.


Getting Started: The first thing you will need is an active account at your 
local library.  This will be used to identify you as a borrower and ultimately 
limit the number of ebooks you can have checked out at any one time.


Selecting an e-reader: For most of the titles available from my local library 
on OverDrive, I have only two main choices:  to either use Amazon's Kindle 
solution on my iPhone, iPad and Mac, or to use OverDrive's own e-reader client 
for the iPhone, iPad and Mac.  As a possible third option, you can also elect 
to use Adobe Digital Editions for the Mac.  



But be aware: the one client that you will not be able to use is Apple's own 
iBook e-reader for iOS, as it does not support the DRM solution that the other 
readers support.


Borrowing an ebook: Browsing the online library of ebooks is the same 
experience for all e-eaders.  You will select a book via your browser.  I found 
that using Safari for OS X and iOS work just fine for this.  Once you associate 
your library account with OverDrive, you can create wish lists and place holds 
on books you want to read.  Each title in the library is limited to a 
predetermined number of copies that the library can lend out.


Downloading the ebook: If you place a hold on a book, you will be notified via 
email when the book is available.  Depending on your e-reader, once you log in 
to your library account, you will either download the file directly to the 
OverDrive e-reader client on your device, or you will log on and register your 
library account with Amazon, and check the book out directly to your Amazon 

Since I already have all of my devices registered with my Amazon Kindle 
account, as soon as I checked out the ebook it was available on all of my 
devices for me to read.  So reading any ebook that I check out from the library 
is the same experience on my Kindle as with any other book in my library.  Even 
my bookmarks sync across all of my devices.


Digital magazines with Zinio

The experience with magazines is different since my library chose to go with 
Zinio as its partner.  Zinio has been around for a while and was bringing 
digital versions of popular magazines to your iPhone and iPad long before Apple 
introduced iOS Newsstand to the world.  There are no choices here, you have to 
use the Zinio reader for the iPhone, iPad and Mac.

You do have to sync your Zinio account with your library account, but once that 
is done, as soon as you select a magazine from the online library of digital 
magazines available for lending, it instantly shows up on your Zinio account 
for reading.  While you won't have the same connivence as you would with a 
receiving updates via a paid subscription, selecting individual releases can be 
more cost effective since borrowing is of course free,.


Borrowing audiobooks

I was also happy to see that you can use OverDrive to check out audiobooks from 
the library as well.  To do this, you will have to use the OverDrive client for 
Mac, which does come with some restrictions: You will not be able to borrow any 
audiobook that in only available in WMV format.  You will be limited to 
borrowing only MP3 audiobooks.


You will be able to listen to your audiobooks in your favorite audio device as 
the OverDrive client for Mac supports exporting audiobooks to devices like an 
iPhone, iPad and iPod.  You are even permitted to use the OverDrive client to 
burn an audiobook to CD.

Overall the experience was a positive one.  It takes a little to get used to 
the process of searching for electronic books and magazines that will work with 
the format your e-reader supports, and ultimately to get them working on your 
preferred devices.  But after you have done it a couple of times, it's really 
not all that complicated.  And it can definitely help expand your reading list 
and your own personal digital library without costing you anything.




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