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Planning to buy an eBook reader & download LPL books ? What you need to know

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Here are some answers to questions we’re hearing more often these days at the library.

What are eBooks and eBook Readers?

Ebooks are books you can read on a hand-held device called an eBook reader. These devices are usually about 5” wide by 7 “ tall and they’re very light .

You hold the device, read the page and click a button (or swipe the screen with your finger) to make the next page appear. You can bookmark where you leave off reading to find it quickly the next time and increase text size if the print is too small for you. The device can store hundreds of eBooks at a time.

You may also read Library eBooks on selected smartphones and tablets.

Is eBook just another word for downloadable audiobooks?

NO. It’s easy to get confused with new terms and technologies so here’s how to keep it straight.

  • Audio is something you listen to. A downloadable audiobook is something you listen to on a portable device that you could also use for music, such as an iPod or mp3 player.
  • An eBook is something you read with your eyes– the long E sound in both words (eBook and read) is a little reminder that an eBook is text-based.

After I buy an eBook reader, how do I put eBooks on it to be able to read them?

EBook readers are sold by different companies. Each company has its own online store where you can purchase eBooks. Each online store will have slightly different steps for this process that will be provided to you when you purchase the device. Basically, you buy the eBook from their online store via your computer. The eBook is downloaded to your computer, then uploaded to your eBook reader. Some eBook readers have wireless access so you can even go directly to the store website on your eBook device and buy an eBook which will download to your eBook reader immediately.

I’m planning to buy an eBook reader and I’d like to buy one to use to borrow and download the library’s free eBooks. Which one should I buy?

As of today, the eBook readers that are compatible with our eBooks are the Kobo from Chapters Indigo, the Sony Readers from Sony, the Nook from Barnes & Noble and the Pandigital. Click to see specific product names and information for each of these compatible eReaders, smartphones and tablets.

So, I’ve got a compatible eReader. How do I borrow and download eBooks from the library’s website?

A good place to start is on our eBook Help page.

The neat thing about our eBooks is that they don’t have any overdue fines. They’re just returned automatically. And they’re available 24/7! Click here to read all the details about borrowing, placing holds etc.

If you have questions, just call us at 519-661-4600 and we’ll be happy to help. You also may choose to attend one of the sessions listed on the right side of this page.

And no matter how you choose to do it, we wish you a holiday season filled with happy reading!

~ Lisa