Library to Hold eReader Clinic

by ARLnow.com January 5, 2011 at 10:27 am 3,329 10 Comments

If you unwrapped one of those hot new tablet devices over the holidays, you’re probably looking for ways to make the most of it without breaking the bank by buying a virtual bookcase-full of eBooks.

Well, if you have a Nook, an iPad, a Sony Reader, or another compatible device, you can actually “borrow” eBooks for free from the Arlington Public Library.

For more information on how the system works, the library is holding an eReader clinic tomorrow night. Library technology gurus will be on hand at the Central Library auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday to show how to use the library’s eBook system and to answer frequently-asked questions.

One important caveat: Amazon’s Kindle does not work with library eBook downloads.

  • Darwin

    Also every Tuesday at 7:30pm Barnes and Noble in Clarendon does Nook Night upstairs. I went last night, it was pretty basic but the woman is very knowledgeable so you can ask more advanced questions afterwards. She walked us through how to get eBooks checked out of the Arlington library.

  • Chris

    I am loving the Overdrive app on my iPad. Checking out ebooks is more steps than one click downloading on the Kindle app, but it is the same process as checking out an ebook for any other device. You have to log onto your library account and then find a book you want. Most of them are already checked out so then you have to place a hold and wait for your turn. Once it is available you have log in again and go through a 2-3 step checkout/download process. Not onerous, just not like Kindle with one click and done. Then again, these books are free!

    Arlington Library’s licenses allow 7, 14 and 21 day checkouts. My mother’s library only allows 7 and 14 day checkouts.

  • I hope the company can get Amazon onboard. I love my Kindle and this sounds like a neat extension that I would definitely use.
    Cool idea though. Good job at keeping relevent.

  • Jda

    There is a software Calibre that will convert different e-formats to kindle readable format.

    • Banksy

      Have you tried the software, Jda? If so, would you recommend it?

      Like Daniel, I love my Kindle as well, and would love to be able to check out e-books from the library. I wonder why their books aren’t available for Kindle — if it’s a problem on the library’s end or on Amazon’s, or if it’s for some other reason.

      • Chris

        It is a digital rights management (DRM) incompatibility. The only way this works on an iPad is thru the Overdrive app, not the iBooks app. Most libraries, including mine, use Overdrive as their ebook supplier, so there isn’t a DRM issue. I am not sure how the Nook works with this or why Kindle cannot have a similar deal as the Nook. It clearly isn’t a tech issue. Amazon may have little incentive to change however, since their desire is to sell books and do not seem to have a problem getting people to buy kindles. B&N, on the other hand, has needed to distinguish itself from the Kindle.

        • Chris

          P.S. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Android tablets/phones do not also have access to the Overdrive app. If not now, likely soon.

          • Chris

            Sorry about the double negatives. Trying to indicate that this might also be available in tablets other than the iPad but expressed it poorly above.

      • Karon

        I have used Calibre to convert epub ebooks to kindle format. It works and is free. But the software is clunky, slow and does not have a very intuitive user interface.

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