Friday, December 10, 2010

Got eReader? Get eBooks @ Your Library

(Disclaimer: This is a guide for people who want to download eBooks free through the NH Downloadable Books consortium, aka Overdrive® Digital Library Reserve. It does not constitute either a positive or negative review of any eReader.)

eReaders are, beyond a doubt, going to be the hot Christmas gift this year. Whether you're asking Santa for one or buying one for someone on your gift list, there are some things you need to know before you buy. The #1 thing you need to remember if you/they are planning to take advantage of the NH Downloadable Books: Don't buy an Amazon Kindle. The digital rights management (DRM) system of Kindles is incompatible with Overdrive. While we expect to see this change in the future, if you buy a Kindle now, you will need to download your content from Amazon. Some is free, but most is not. The same is true of the newly launched Google eBooks, which are also incompatible with with Amazon's DRM.

If you get a compatible device for Christmas (see the list), we invite you to the library on Wednesday, December 29 at 7 pm for a tutorial on how to download eBooks from NH Downloadable Books. Nancy Vigezzi and I will demonstrate the process step-by-step. We ask that you bring your eReader, cable, manual, and a laptop if you wish. We will have some laptops available as well. If you're still thinking about an eReader, you may come and follow along. Handouts will be provided.

This session will be limited to 25 participants, so registration is strongly encouraged by clicking here or calling 424-5021. You can also call this number if you have any questions about eReaders or this program, as well as downloadable audiobooks, which is another subject entirely.

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