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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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e-Reader class @ North Channel

Do you have a Kindle, Nook, iPad or other e-reader?  Did you know you can download free books from the library with your devices?  Come to our "Learn About Out eBooks and eReaders" classes on Wednesday, March 21st and March 28th at 6 pm.  You can bring your device or we will have a Kindle, Nook and iPad available for you to test out.  Registration is required.  You can call the library to register at 281-457-1631.

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!

Get to Know Your Digital Device

Coming up in January, the Northwest Library will be holding three "Get to Know Your Digital Device" sessions: one for the Kindle, one for the Nook, and one for the iPad.  These sessions will focus on finding reader-specific materials in HCPL's Digital Media Catalog and checking them out to your digital device.  Details follow:

The Kindle Session: Saturday, January 7th at 3pm in the meeting room

The Nook Session: Saturday, January 14th at 3pm in the meeting room

The iPad Session: Saturday, January 28th at 3pm in the meeting room

Recent Additions to the HCPL Digital Media Blog

 Hopefully you have been enjoying the semi-weekly updates to the Digital Media Catalog eBooks section.

 I have been able to create eBook orders on a weekly basis as opposed to the monthly basis as is normal.  Three of the four I have ordered are actually live on the site.  The fourth one was unexpectedly delayed after I ordered it but I am hopeful it should be live soon. 

 

There were not enough good titles added to our vendor's catalog to order last week so I am combining last week’s picks with this week’s to order another list of titles.  Because of donations from some of our branch’s friends of the library groups, this trend of ordering eBooks on a weekly basis should continue through at least January.

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!

 

Can I return my eAudio titles early?

A PDF document of these instructions with images is also available.

You can return MP3 eAudio early using either the Overdrive App or the Overdrive Media console on a PC.  Returning WMA eAudio and returning eAudio on a Mac are not yet compatible.

Returning MP3 through the Overdrive App.

1.  To return the title early, or to delete it from the device, make sure you are in the Bookshelf screen.

2. Select the “Edit” button from the upper left.

3. After selecting “Edit,” a red circle will appear to the left of the titles in your bookshelf.  Pressing the red circle will make the word “Delete” appear to the right of the title.

iPod Shuffle users – please read.

Because of the lack of a screen for the iPod Shuffle, setting up this device works differently than any other apple device.

The complete instructions for setting up an Apple device can be found here.

The iPod Shuffle has a different setting than other iPods.  In order for you to be able to transfer titles, you must select “Enable Disk Use".  You may need to scroll down in the window to find the setting.  If it is not selected, please select it and hit the apply button.

This should allow titles to transfer to your iPod Shuffle.

Transferring eAudio from a computer to an Apple device.

In order to transfer eAudio titles from a computer to your Apple device, you will need to have both iTunes and Overdrive Media Console installed on the computer.  You can download Overdrive Media Console here.  If you are transferring from a Mac, only the MP3 format is compatible.  If you are transferring from a Windows PC, both the WMA and MP3 are compatible.

After you have installed these two programs, you will need to set up your Apple device.

First, connect your device to your computer and let it finish synching with iTunes.

The left hand side of the iTunes window should list the name of your device.  It should be listed under "Devices."  If you do not see your device listed under "Devices", click the triangle to the left of the word "Devices."

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