Digital Media Catalog

Tech Tutor Sessions, All Summer Long!

Beginning next Saturday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, our Tech Tutors will be offering weekly one-on-one sessions from 10 am to noon.

Drop by the library any Saturday through August with your digital device and we'll walk you through the process of checking items out from our Digital Media Catalog onto your device.

Sessions start when we open at 10 am and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.  Hope to see you there!

Downloading the OverDrive App to your Android Device

The OverDrive App is now available for Android products!  You can download it free of charge through Google Play, the new Android Marketplace, on your smartphone or tablet.  

An exception to this rule is with the Kindle Fire.  The App Store on the Fire is run through the Amazon marketplace, which is a subset of the Android marketplace that, unfortunately, does not at present carry the OverDrive App.  However, there is a fairly simple way around this.

Amazon's default settings of the Kindle Fire make it so that you cannot download third-party (i.e. non-Amazon) apps.  To their credit, they make it fairly easy to turn this setting off.  The first step in getting the OverDrive app to your Kindle Fire is to tap the gear at the top of your screen to go into the device's settings.  Next, select the far right option that reads "More..."  Scroll down and tap where it says "Device".  Towards the bottom of the screen, tap where it says "Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources".  Naturally, a warning about the security of your Kindle pops up.  Select OK.  You should now be allowed to install third-party applications to your Fire.

The next step is to open the web browser on your device and to head to Overdrive.com.  

Accessing the Digital Media Catalog via the new HCPL.net

As you may have already noticed, our webpage has had something of a facelift.  With this has come a slight difference in how to access our Digital Media Catalog.  You will notice that the "HCPL Digital Media Catalog" icon is no longer in the center of the page.  But fear not!  There are several simple paths from our new homepage to our Digital Media Catalog.

The first path, and probably the easiest navigationally, is by clicking the blue icon on the right side of the page that reads "eBooks and More".

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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How to Browse HCPL's Most Recently Added eBooks

Did you know that we've added 692 titles to our Digital Media Catalog in the past 30 days?  If you are already familiar with our Digital Media Catalog, browsing for recently added titles is relatively painless.  What follows is a step-by-step tutorial on how to do so.

First, head to HCPL's website, hcpl.net

Of course, if you are using an iPad, you can bypass this step by using the Overdrive app.  

Read an eBook Week

eBook WeekNext week, March 4 -10, is Read an eBook Week! The popularity of eReader devices like the Kindle and Nook, and tablet computers like the iPad and Galaxy is explosive. The percentage of people who own one of these devices has more than doubled since last November. To celebrate, we will host a library eBook demonstration next Thursday, March 8 from 2:15 to 3:45. Due to the great diversity among these devices, the aim of this workshop is to demonstrate the download process. One-on-one, hands-on trainings can be scheduled for another time.

Read an eBook! Week is March 4th-10th!

Have you been meaning to try reading one of those eBooks everyone's been talking about on your iPad?  Do you read books regularly on your eReader, but you're tired of coughing up all of the dough to do so?  Do you have a brand new reader and no idea where to start? 

Let us help!

In celebration of Read an eBook Week, which runs this year from March 4th-10th, on Saturday, March 10th,  the Northwest Library will have two of our Tech Tutors on hand, offering one-on-one sessions all day (10am to 5pm), advising you on how to check eBooks out from our Digital Media Catalog to your digital device.

Bring your own device in, or learn with one of ours.  And don't fret:  with the recent addition of over 500 new titles, there's surely something in our Digital Media Catalog for everyone.

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.

 

THE IPAD DIGITAL DEVICE SESSION

This Saturday, January 28th, we will be hosting our final "Get to Know Your Digital Device" session of the month.  This session will concentrate on using the Overdrive App to check eBooks and eAudiobooks out from our Digital Media Catalog onto an iPad.  We will have iPads on hand, but feel free to bring your iPad or iPhone with you and follow along as we go.

The iPad Session starts at 3pm and will be held in the meeting room.  But get here early.  Seating is limited, and the turnout for the first two sessions has been quite humbling.  iHope to see you there!

Kindle Session is on Fire!

Chris helps patrons sign in for the Kindle Workshop.Chris G. held our very first Kindle Workshop today. Even though the Texans had a playoff game during the same time, the library meeting room was filled with avid Overdrive eBook Readers with Kindles in hand! If you would like to learn more about our eBook Sessions, please contact the library branch.  Currently scheduled eBook sessions include the Nook on January 14th and the iPad on January 28th at 3:00 PM. 

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