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Song of Fire and Ice


With the new series, “A Game of Thrones,” now showing on HBO, there is renewed interest in the books.


Now fans of the series can rejoice as we have added the first four books to our digital catalog.  We already had the first book in EPUB format.  We finished up the series in eBook format and purchased each title as eAudio as well.

The April Digital Titles Were Recently Added!

New eBook and eAudio titles were recently added to the HCPL Digital Media Catalog.  Here are a few examples of what you will find!


A Small Update for Kindle users.

Some great news for Kindle users was announced this week!

 Amazon released a press release stating that they are going to allow the Kindle to work with our eBook titles on the Digital Media Catalog later this year.

 Here is a link to the press release.


We will update you again as soon as we know more!

The April Digital Titles Are Coming Soon!

 The New digital titles for April should be available in the next few days.  This was a difficult month selecting which titles to purchase as there were so many popular authors releasing titles and the digital budget would not allow us to purchase every title we wanted.


I hope you enjoy them and I apologize for the slight delay in getting this month’s titles up.

A Note for Google Chrome Users of the Digital Catalog.

Some of our customers who use Google Chrome as their main browser may be seeing a message on our digital site that says that the site is down for maintenance. 

 It appears that the browser may not be refreshing our digital site like it should as it was only down for maintenance a few hours.

 You are welcome to try this fix to see if it resolves the issue.

 First, open the browser and click on the wrench icon in the upper right.  Hover your mouse over “Tools” from the dropdown menu.  In the new menu that opens up to the left, select “Clear Browsing Data.”



Percy Jackson Series Now Available for Digital Checkout!


The Lightning Thief by  Rick Riordan  The popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series was recently added to the HCPL Digital Media Catalog in eBook format.


The holds are starting to build up so make sure to get your spot in line before it gets to long!


We plan on purchasing another highly requested YA series in April that was recently added to our vendor’s catalog.


Enjoy and thank you for your patience while we waited for this series to become available!

New Titles Were Recently Added!

New eBook and eAudio titles were recently added to the HCPL Digital Media Catalog.  Here are a few examples of what you will find!


An Important Change in the HCPL Digital Media Catalog

Due to recently implemented licensing restrictions imposed upon libraries by electronic book providers and the Library’s budgetary issues, access to HCPL’s Digital Media Catalog will be limited to Harris County Public Library card holders only, starting Monday, March 7, 2011.    Digital Media Library customers who are currently using a Montgomery County Memorial Library System library card to check out digital materials will have two options for accessing HCPL’s downloadable content after March 7th:

New Titles Coming Soon!


It’s almost that time again! 


We are currently working on the next HCPL Digital Media Catalog order and I have to say, there were a lot of popular titles released recently.   There are titles on our list for all type of readers including a YA eBook series that has been requested for a while but was never available until now.


We can’t get everything we want to include, but I hope everyone will be pleased with the titles we end up adding.  I plan on finishing the order soon.   I will post here as soon as I know the titles go live!

Digital Media Catalog Tip: Returning eBooks Early!


While you unfortunately cannot return eAudio titles in early, did you know that you are able to return eBooks early?

 Library View is highlighted in the red box.

 To return an eBook early, you will need to use Adobe Digital Editions.  In Adobe Digital Editions, you will need to click on "library View" icon which is located in the top left corner of the program.



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