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eMedia 101: Downloading eBooks, eAudio, Movies, and More

TabletsDid you know that in addition to the vast collection of physical books and CDs, the Harris County Public Library has books, audiobooks, magazines, music and movies available online?  If you have not yet checked out an item using your gadget, the library staff at Spring Branch-Memorial will be offering a help session on Monday, May 16th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 

Bring your devices, passwords, questions, and desire to learn!

This program is intended for adults

Space is limited, so please sign up by the Information Desk or call 713-464-1633.

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eBooks and More with Your Kindle, Nook or iPad

Did you know that in addition to the vast collection of physical books and CDs, the Harris County Public Library has books, audiobooks and music available online?  If you have not yet checked out an item using your new (or maybe not-so-new) gadget, the library staff at Spring Branch-Memorial will be offering a help session on Friday, January 31st, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  The workshop will cover downloading materials onto your Kindle, Nook or iPad.

Device dayBring your devices, bring your questions, bring your desire to learn!

This program is intended for adults.

For more information, stop by the Information Desk or call 713-464-1633.
 

Kindles, Nooks, & IPads & Free Ebooks

kindles, nooks, ipadsSeveral people took advantage of the chance to learn to download free library ebooks to their Kindles or Nooks or IPads

Nook-Kindle-Ipad Day

Kindle, Nook, IpadBring your Nook, Kindle or Ipad and learn to download free library ebooks to your device.  When: Friday, January 25, 2:00pm.  Suggested age: Adult.

 

 

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The OverDrives, They Are A-Changin'

Just when you thought you had figured out exactly how to check eBooks out to your Digital Device from our Digital Media Catalog, our primary eBook distributor, OverDrive has gone and changed things on us. 

In the next few weeks, you will find that the OverDrive interface has had a bit of a makeover - one that they purport will make the eBook checkout process easier, but one that may also, on first encounter, cause the anxiety of figuring this whole eBook thing out to return.

But do not worry, for HCPL is here to help!  The first place to go for help with this "Next Generation" of OverDrive is with this handy guide provided by our very helpful digital media support staff, fully equipped with this informative video provided by OverDrive.

Here at Northwest, we'll also be holding our Tech Tutors sessions every Saturday during January and February from 10 am to noon.  Bring in your device, and we'll help guide you through the eBook checkout process, hopefully in the least confusing way.  We're here to help!

June is Audio Book Month

Jlisten, audio bookoin us and the Audio Publishers Association in celebration of Audio Book Month! We have launched a new audio book library just for you.  One Click Digital has thousands of new titles available for your ear enjoyment. Come in and learn about this new service or click on the link to start now.  Listen on your computer or on any Apple device.  You can still enjoy our audio collection through Overdrive for you die hard fans!  Your ears are going to love you either way, so stop reading this and start downloading some audio books! 

 

Learn to Use Your E-Reader!

Thinking of buying an e-reader or already own one and not sure of how to use it?  The South Houston Branch Library will be hosting a workshop Thursday, March 29 from 2-4 pm where you can learn how to use our digital media catalog and download e-books for free using our wireless network.  Bring your own e-reader or you can compare between the Nook, Kindle or iPad that the branch will have on display.

 

 

 

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New Titles Were Recently Added!

 Hello my fellow users of the HCPL Digital Media Catalog!  I am happy to inform you that we had a nice addition to the digital catalog last night!  There were over 400 eBooks added, over 100 eAudio added and a few videos as well as one or two music titles.

 

Because there is a limit of 200 titles in the new eBooks area, not all titles will appear there.  Here is how to easily find all the titles that were added on January 26th, 2012.  This is really only important for our eBook users.  The new eAudio titles will all show in the "new eAudo" section on the homepage.

 

Top 10 Circulating eBooks and eAudio for October 2011

I thought I would try something new this week and post the top 10 circulating eBooks and eAudio titles for October 2011.

Do you see any surprises on the list?

 

eBooks

1. Smokin' Seventeen - by Janet Evanovich

2. The Guy Next Door -  by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, Victoria Dahl

3. In Too Deep - by Jayne Ann Krentz

UPDATE: Apple iOS5 update

To those who updated their Apple products to iOS 5, on 11-3-2011, Overdrive released an update to the Overdrive Media Console that fixes the issue.  Please download and install the new version of the Overdrive Media Catalog, and check for updates for iTunes.

I have tested it and the eAudio title I transferred did not go into the audiobook section like it used to.  A playlist is created for the audiobook.  In the update that released today, the name of the eAudio is now included in the transfer instead of random numbers.  The newest version is 3.2.0.7.

If you are suffering any issues after updating to iOS 5, make sure to update iTunes and Overdrive and hopefully the issue will be solved.  And no more random numbers instead of chapter titles!

 

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