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Ebooks Now Available

Ebook imageThe Library's Overdrive subscription has been expanded to offer ebooks in addition to audiobooks.

These ebooks are in the Adobe EPUB format, and work with many ereader devices, including the Barnes and Noble Nook and Sony eReader - they are not compatible with the Amazon Kindle or Apple iPad.

Anyone with a valid MVLC library card can visit http://mvlc.lib.overdrive.com to start browsing. We're starting with a small ebook collection, but will continue to add titles.

Searching for ebooks works the same as searching for audiobooks, but you will need to download and install the free Adobe Digital Editions software. Overdrive provides instructions for getting started, and offers a great video guided tour of using our Overdrive library. We also have an introductory brochure [pdf] that gives tips on using Overdrive.

In addition to Overdrive, our Reading Room page lists other places from which Chelmsford residents can download free ebooks (including some Kindle resources).

If you're still considering purchasing an ebook reader, here are resources to help you evaluate which device would work best for you:

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Monday, May 3rd, 2010 at 6:20 pm and is filed under Books, Overdrive, Reading Room.


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2 Responses to “Ebooks Now Available”

  1. Susan Merhi Says:
    May 24th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Can I download any of the library ebooks to my ipad? If so, how do I do that?

  2. Brian Herzog, Head of Reference Says:
    May 24th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    @Susan: I'm not exactly clear on all of the technical details behind it, but Overdrive (our ebook library) does state that the iPad is not compatible with their EPUB ebooks.

    I believe it isn't to do with the EPUB format, but more with the Digital Rights Management (DRM) that is required for library patrons to check books in and out. However, since the iPad is such a new device, I am hopeful that the situation will improve. It took Apple awhile to permit Overdrive audiobooks to play on the iPod, but eventually they did. Overdrive does list the iPad as a compatible device for their audiobooks, which also leads me to believe that it is just a matter of time until ebooks work, too.

    In the meantime however, I am sorry the Overdrive ebooks do not work with the iPad. If you have any other questions, please let me know.

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