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eBook Collections to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

If we're not there already, we are fast approaching the time of year when our resolve to keep our new year's resolutions begins to flag. So, for all of us whose stick-to-it-ness has lost some of its stickiness, or whose promise to stop procrastinating has been put off indefinitely,  we've created some special OverDrive collections to help you to overcome inertia and inspire you to be the best you that you can be in 2017.

(For those, like me, who are thinking 2018 is your year, as well as for those of you who are just perfect the way you are thank you very much, we have a list of the Best Books of 2016 and more).

Computer Class: E-Books and More!

Last year Harris County Public Library checked out over 1 Million E-Media titles.  Want to enjoy the freedom of checking out books and movies from home?  Join us this Saturday at 3:30 pm to learn about all the E-Media Harris County has to offer.

Kindle Your Fire for Reading: Check Out a Kindle Touch!

You’ve heard a lot about eBooks. You’re curious and wonder what all the fuss is about, but don’t really want to drop your hard-earned cash on a Kindle so you can find out. Now, you don’t have to. You can borrow a Kindle Touch from us to take home and try out. It’s simple; you check it out just like other library books. Yes. Really.

• You can find one in the catalog just like any other item. Search: kindle touch
• If your HCPL branch doesn’t have one on hand, you can request one online and pick it up when it arrives.
• You can use the Kindle to check out free eBooks from HCPL’s collection or download books available on Amazon.com
• You get to keep it for two weeks.
• All you need is an HCPL library card.

540,000 and Counting! Project Mill-E at the Midway Mark.

July 1 is the midpoint of the year and we thought it would be a good time to give you a progress report on Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016. In a word, the progress has been amazing! Since January 1, HCPL eBook readers have checked out 540,669 items (compared to a smidge over 397,000 for the same period last year—an increase of 36 percent). Any way you slice it, that is some serious eReading.

OverDrive Introduces Digital Magazines to its Line-up

Harris County Public Library is now offering a second way to access digital editions of the latest magazines. OverDrive has now added periodicals to its already varied roster of formats (which includes eBooks & eAudiobooks). Just like on Flipster, our other digital magazine service, OverDrive's digital mags are not "lite" online versions. They are identical to the newsstand editions down to the last period.

What's more, when you download an OverDrive magazine to your iOS or Android device, you get to keep it as long as you want...as in forever...free of charge...no strings attached and no library fines…ever. How cool is that?

Harris County Public Library wants us to check out a million eBooks this year!

Today I’m blogging about eBooks--about electronic books and electronic audio books. People know that they can buy electronic books, but how many of your friends know that YOU are reading the free library versions?

The advantages of reading and listening to electronic books are numerous. You can read or listen to them on your favorite electronic device that fits in your bag, pocket, or purse and goes with you everywhere. You can download them any time of day or night from our website. You can read them beside your spouse in bed without keeping him or her awake. You can enjoy the perks of your device, to change the font and font size, adjust the light intensity to your comfort level, bookmark your stopping place, note your favorite passages, and retrieve instant definitions for words that you don’t know. To their detractors, I admit that they don’t feel like a book. But they do feel like joy.

Electronic book lending is burgeoning. OverDrive, the vendor from whom we and many libraries across the U.S. and Canada contract our eBooks, published these amazing statistics about their electronic library book usage in the last year.
As for us, last year, our county library checked out 850,000 eBooks and eAudio books. This year we at Harris County Public Library are inviting you to boost our circulation statistics to one million. Are you with us?!

September 18 is Read an eBook Day

OverDrive's Read an eBook Day is Friday, September 18, and this year we are encouraging everyone to check out an all-time favorite book in digital format and to share the story behind it with us--because that is the great thing about great books: there is always a story behind the story. Maybe your favorite book lit your way out of a dark time in your life, maybe it helped you see the world a little more clearly, or maybe it was the first book that just grabbed you and wouldn't let go until you finished it. Whatever that story is, share it with us in the comments section below or on social media, using the hashtag #ebooklove.

Check Out the New Features on OverDrive

improved overdriveWhether you're a longtime user of Harris County Public Library’s OverDrive Digital Media Catalog, or  just dipping your toes in for the first time (in which case: Dive in!), we think you'll really like these new features: 

  • Suspend a Hold: If you’re lucky enough to have more books than you can get to at the moment, you can now put your hold on hold, so to speak, without losing your place in the queue.
  • Automatically Checkout your Hold: Now, you can set your preferences to checkout your hold as soon as it is available. You’ll get a notification saying it’s waiting for you on your account bookshelf.
  • “Recommended for You” Collection: When you sign-in, you will see a selection of titles available for checkout based on the books you currently have checked out or on hold.
  • “AND” Boolean Searching: Sounds complicated, but all it means is that when you search the catalog you’ll see more of what you want and less of what you don’t. 

HCPL’s Digital Media Catalog Now Offering Streaming Video!

now streaming videoThere is more exciting news from our OverDrive Digital Media Catalog to go along with last week’s announcement of the improved search features. Now, you can stream the videos you check out straight to your device whether it be a smartphone, tablet or laptop. All you need is a Harris County Public Library card and an internet connection.

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