learning our way aroundPosted: September 18, 2014
I’m learning my way around the e-book system of my public library. As I reported on Monday, I installed the OverDrive app on my iPad. Overdrive is the library’s provider of e-books. Or, one of three as I learned. I learned that while I can read books in Adobe ePub format within the app, it is just as easy to borrow books in Kindle format, in which case my book is taken, with just a few clicks, to my iPad Kindle app. There I can mark highlights just as if I had purchased the Kindle book. I learned that I can manage my e-books in my Web browser, and that the app, while useful at times, is not totally necessary.
As for the other two e-book providers, there is axis360, which is said to specialize in color books, though I have a book with no images checked out from them. They have their own iPad app, and they do not support the Kindle format. Finally, there is Safari (not to be confused with the Web browser from Apple), which specializes in technical books.
Meanwhile, Terry has learned that in the brick-and-mortar world, the adult section is on the second floor, that there are also DVDs available for loan, and that she can request a book that’s at another branch of the county library system. I helped her with that last one. I looked up online a book she wanted to read and saw that it was not at our local branch, but was on the shelf at a different branch. She went in and had no problem requesting that the book be sent over to our branch. She also discovered that check out is self-service. All you need to do is scan your library card and scan the bar code on the book(s) you are checking out.
We are indeed learning our way around.