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Additional eBook Help

For additional help, please go to the following website: Overdrive Help

Using the Overdrive Read format on a portable device.

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

The Overdrive Read format allows you to read an eBook in the browser of your portable device without needing any extra software or Adobe IDs.  For the Kindle Fire, you will also not be directed to finish the checkout through Amazon.  Please note that the Overdrive Read format works on most Apple products (iPod, iPad, iPhone) and Android devices (Android phones, tablets, Kindle Fire etc), as well as portable devices based on Windows (Windows phones and tablets).  It is not compatible with standard dedicated eReaders such as the basic Nook and basic Kindle models.

In order to use this format, please follow these instructions.

1.  Go to the HCPL Digital Media Catalog located at http://hcpl.lib.overdrive.com.

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!

How to read EPUB library books on a Kindle Fire.

If you install the Overdrive App on the Kindle Fire, you will be able to read the EPUB format.  This is only beneficial when the title you want to read from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog is not available in the Kindle format.  The Overdrive app is available free in the Amazon App store.

Please follow these steps in order to install the app on your device. 

1.  From the home screen, select “Apps” from the top menu on the device.

2.  Select “Store” in the upper right.

3. In the search box, type “Overdrive” and hit the “search” button.

4.  The “Overdrive Media Console” app should be in the list of results.  It is a blue square with a white “O.”  Select the word “Free” to the right of the apps name.

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.

 

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.

The October digital titles are up!

I just wanted to update you that new title were added to the Digital Media Catalog late last week.  Below are a few of the titles added.

New eAudio  

What formats can I check out and download for the Kindle?

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

On the HCPL Digital Media Catalog, the only eBook format that will work on the standard Kindle is the "Kindle" format. If you have a Kindle Fire, you may also select the EPUB format. To find out how to read EPUB on the Kindle Fire, please see these instructions.

When searching for titles, you can limit your results to the Kindle format by selecting the word "Kindle" under the "Format" heading on the left hand side of the screen.

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