Monday, January 30, 2012

Borrow library ebooks!

Kindle vs Nook vs iPadDid you receive a new Kindle, Nook, iPad, or Kobo this holiday season?  You may be wondering if library ebooks are available for checkout/download. 

The answer is "yes!"  However, depending on the device you have, the  vendor platform on which the ebook resides, and the publisher, the process may be more or less complex - and sometimes an ebook download just isn't possible.  We want this process to be as intuitive and straightforward as possible for you, and we are keeping abreast of current ebook developments.  They come fast and furious, so what frustrates today may be possible tomorrow.

All ebooks provided by Musselman Library are in our catalog, MUSCAT - so you can search for them in the same way you search for any library book here.  Many of our ebooks are downloadable (though vendor platform and publisher licenses determine this, not librarians!).  Most of Musselman Library's ebooks reside on the ebrary platform, and most of them are downloadable in either pdf or epub format.  [Note that if you want text to "flow" on your device, you should choose the non-proprietary epub format, only available on non-Kindle devices.]  See here for more information about ebrary downloads, and please contact a reference librarian if you have questions and/or feedback. 

We know many of you are reading ebooks for "fun" rather than for class or work.  Larger collections of recreational ebooks are available from public libraries.  If you are a resident* of Adams County, PA, and have a library card from the Adams County Library System (ACLS), you have two great options:

York County Libraries.

Free Library of Philadelphia

For more details, please see here.  Also, if you have a card with your home public library, you may be eligible to check out ebooks from that library’s collection – it pays to investigate.

Again, please contact us with any questions. The ebook landscape is changing very quickly!

*Students, you are residents and are eligible to get ACLS library cards! But if you have a library card from another county in PA, feel free to use that one!