Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks

eBooks & eAudiobooks

Please vist the link below for access to this digital service:

Audiobooks & eBooks for your computer, cell phone, iPod or eBook reader – including Kindles!

Public library cardholders have access to a region-wide subscription to the OverDrive downloadable book service.

For a complete list of compatible devices, visit: http://www.overdrive.com/resources/drc/

What is an eBook?

What are the benefits of eBooks?

How do I read an eBook?

Are free eBooks available?

How do I choose an eReader?


What is an eBook?

An eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book.

What are the benefits of eBooks?

Books that are available for library loan (or for purchase) can be downloaded right to your computer or handheld device. This allows you to carry an entire library with you, without having to haul around actual books. You can also use other features such as searching, magnifying text, and making notes (to name a few).

How do I read an eBook?

eBooks are read through eReaders, which can be either physical devices or applications on your portable device or computer.

Some popular stand-alone electronic readers (eReaders) are the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and the Barnes & Noble NOOK. These eReaders have a special technology that makes eBooks easy to read, so it feels more like reading the printed word than reading text on a computer screen. Apple’s iPad also offers books through their iBooks store. You may also be able to download eBooks to your PC, your iPhone, your BlackBerry, or other electronic device, depending on where the content is coming from. Some eReaders lock you into purchasing content from their store. For example, the Amazon Kindle content must come from Amazon’s website.

You can also download eReaders as applications to your existing computer or portable device, as an alternative to purchasing a stand-alone eReader. Two popular programs are the free Blio reader and the Calibre eBook management tool. Amazon has also released a free Kindle app for PC, Mac, iPad, Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry. OverDrive (the service libraries are using) has free apps available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and Android phone/tablet, and more. Google also has an eBookstore, offering eBooks that are compatible with many devices on the market, including the iPod.

Are free eBooks and Audiobooks available?

Through SELCO, our regional library system, Van Horn Public Library offers OverDrive service providing current, popular eBooks that you can borrow with your library card just as you do other materials.

Some eBooks are also available through our statewide subscription to NetLibrary. These are mostly academic titles, and the subscription does not include the ability to download to a portable device.

If you download a free reader (such as Blio) you can find free eBooks through those apps. You will not find current bestsellers available for free this way; most of what you will find are items in the public domain (i.e., older items no longer covered by copyright). Some sites only make titles available to read via your browser, while other sites offer downloads.

Below are links to some of the more well-known and comprehensive sources of free eBooks.

http://books.google.com/books (Google Books)
http://books.google.com/ebooks (Google eBookstore: perform a search and limit to “Free Only”)

How do I choose an eReader?

As described above, we offer popular eBooks (and Audiobooks) for loan. If you plan on checking out eBooks or Audiobooks and are considering purchasing an eReader or portable device, you will want to take a look at OverDrive’s list of compatible devices at: