eBook Help

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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Stay Cool: Essential Computer Skills for the Holidays

Cool ElfDo you have a million photos on your digital camera? Attend our workshop from 2 to 4:00 PM this Saturday, November 19, in the computer lab to free up memory space and get your files organized.
Not quite sure what to get that special someone for Christmas yet? How about an eReader device or tablet computer? Attend our technology petting zoo on Saturday December 3 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM and sample devices like iPad2, Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Sony Reader and more.
Are you dreading the idea of addressing all those holiday cards by hand? From 11 AM to 1:00 PM on December 3, we’ll show you how to convert a list of contacts into printable holiday labels using Microsoft Word 2007 Mail Merge. This season, make Katy one of your destinations for holiday survival skills.
 

E-Book Computer Class

Do plan on giving or receiving an e-reader device this holiday season?  Or are you just curious about how to navigate the library's digital media catalog?  For some hands-on answers your digital questions, sign up for our E-Books and Digital Library class in December.  We will offer an English and a Spanish language session on the following dates:

Spanish :

Wednesday, December 7

6 pm - 7:45 pm

 

English :

Wednesday, December 14th

6 pm - 7:45 pm

We'll help you with your DIGITALNESS!

Do you have a E-booksnew reader? Don't know how to use it? Come on in or give us a call! We'll be more than happy to assist you.  We know it all: IPads, Kindles, Nooks, Sony Readers, Androids and the list goes on and on. Look to the near future and we be having Digitalness Learning Sessions for everyone.

Kindle January 7, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

Nook January 14, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

IPad January 28, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

 

Selecting titles for the Digital Media Catalog.

Since title selection is such an important factor in the success of the HCPL Digital Media Catalog, I thought it would be good to talk about the factors I use in determining whether or not to purchase a title.

Ponderign the titles.

Each Monday I look at every title that was added to our vendor for digital titles catalog within the previous 7 days.  Most of the time there are thousands of new titles to look through.  I then pick out the ones I am interested in and add them to my monthly orders. 

 

If there are any title suggestions I have not looked at, I look through them as well.  When it is time to place the order, I go through my cart and start taking out titles in order to get the final cart to within the budgeted amount I can spend that month.

Digital Media Catalog Now Available to Kindle Users!

Kindle now available

Kindle is here!  As of this morning, you can now checkout and download 5400 of our eBooks to the Kindle!

Coming Soon Features For Our Mobile App Users

First let me apologize for the delay in getting the previously mentioned eBooks into the system.   There was an unforeseen delay that was out of our control.  It should be completed soon.  The new August titles may meet the same unforeseen delay.

I was recently at our vendor's convention for eBooks and they mentioned a few features they are working on.  They may be up by the end of the year, but their main focus is in getting the Kindle up and running.  They would not state the date that the Kindle will be able to use our service, but they did stress that it will be VERY SOON.

Where are the classics in the HCPL Digital Media Catalog?

Want to read a classic on your eReader but can’t find it in our digital catalog?  Try looking in the Project Gutenberg section of our Digital Media Catalog!

 

To find the classics in eBook format, first go to the HCPL Digital Media catalog at: http://hcpl.lib.overdrive.com/

Overdrive App Update!

HUZZAH! 

 

The Overdrive app for the Android, Blackberry and Apple devices has been updated to allow you to return EPUB eBook titles early straight from the app. 

 

I tested it on an Android device and was confused at first.  In order to return the title, select "delete" from the menu.  You will then be given the option to "return and delete" or "Delete but not return" the title.

 

Great news!

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!

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