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Are you paying for a subscription to a service like Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix to receive digital books, movies, music and television? Did you know that similar services are available for free through your library?
With just a library card, you can download bestselling eBooks, like John Grisham's Gray Mountain; full-color magazines, like National Geographic; classic films, like "To Kill a Mockingbird;" and popular television shows, like "Wallander" and "MI-5." You can even download and keep up to five songs per week. Whether it's Mozart or Megan Trainor, select from among 8 million songs to keep for as long as you want.
Connect to any of these services from the library's webpage at http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/econtent/. For assistance with these services, contact or visit the library, sign up for a one-on-one help session, or register for one of the Tech Talk workshops held each month. The next workshops are scheduled for January 28 at 10 a.m. and February 4 at 10 a.m. Bring in laptops or mobile devices for help setting up, or just attend to learn more. Contact the library's Reference Desk with questions at email@example.com or 978-256-5521 x211.Posted in Reading Room, Resources, Web Tools | No Comments »
The service we use for ebooks (and downloadable audiobooks) is called Overdrive, and recently a new title suggestion feature has been added to our Overdrive catalog.
There are two ways to get to this suggestion feature. First, be sure to search our Overdrive catalog to see if we already have the title you're looking for. At the bottom of every search page (including the "No Results" screen), you'll see this banner:
Clicking that will automatically search the entire Overdrive catalog of available titles for your search criteria - not just those that the Chelmsford Library has already purchased, but everything we could potentially purchase too. If the title is available for purchase, click the "Recommend" button, and fill in your patron information. Then, if the title is purchased, you will be notified when it's available for checkout.
The second way to search for purchase recommendations is through the Advanced Search page. At the bottom are options for the scope of your search:
Choosing "My library's collection" (which is the default option) will only search what we've already purchased. However, choosing "Additional titles to recommend" lets you search all available-to-purchase titles, and gives you the option to click the "Recommend" button to let us know you're interested.
All patron recommendations are reviewed by the MVLC ebook selection committee, who decide whether or not to purchase them for the consortium.
If you have any questions about this new suggestion feature or Overdrive ebooks in general, please contact the Reference staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-256-5521 x211.Posted in Books | No Comments »
The 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:
For over a year, the Library has offered downloadable audiobooks through our Overdrive subscription, which we share with other MVLC libraries. However, until now, these audiobooks were only available to people with Windows-based computers, and they could not be played on iPods.
But now, we're very happy to offer audiobooks in MP3 format, which is compatible with iPods and many other popular MP3 players and cell phones. Also, Overdrive has released a new version of the Media Console that runs on Mac computers.
Searching for and downloading the new MP3 format audiobooks is the same as the previous formats, so if you've used Overdrive before you should have no problem. The format of the audiobook is displayed in each audiobook's search record (displayed below), along with what kind of devices on which that audiobook can be played.
If you'd like more information about using the new MP3 audiobooks, check out the Dec. 2008 issue of the MVLC newsletter [pdf]. If you have questions about MP3 audiobooks or need assistance using Overdrive, please contact the Reference Desk.Posted in Books, Overdrive, Reading Room | No Comments »
In response to comments from our patrons, the libraries of the MVLC Consortium recently voted to change a few of the borrowing policies for downloadable audio books from our Overdrive library. The new policies are:
The rest of our downloadable audio book policies have not changed. You can browse for and download these books from http://mvlc.lib.overdrive.com.
For assistance with searching or downloading audio books from Overdrive, please contact the Reference Desk.
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