learning our way around

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.

LibraryReceiptAs 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.

One Comment on “learning our way around”

  1. The county library is the best-kept secret of the decade. All sorts of media with valet service laid on. Schlepping something from another branch is only the beginning, and you don’t have to do the request in person. You can also do an online request for something that’s present in your very own branch, and it will magically appear on the reserve shelf. Really. And–wait for it–if you’re over a certain age–can’t remember if it’s 60 or 65, say goodby to overdue fines. I guess they figure old folks read more slowly or can’t find their way to the return machine. You have to ask for that particular privilege and sign an acknowledgment that if something is more than three weeks overdue, the library can assume it’s gone forever and charge you for it. So far, I’ve managed to avoid that peril. I love my library and will vote for bond increase every time. Such a deal!

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