02 October 2013

Overdrive READS!

HEY Listen Up Vermonters!

Have you tried Overdrive READ yet? It is SO easy... basically the simplest way to show a patron how to read an eBook on our Listen Up Vermont site. And you just need a device with a color screen and access to the internet. No logins- no passwords except for your library card number! So easy!

How do I find OverDrive READ books?

1. Go to listenupvermont.org in your web browser. 
2.  Click the ‘Sign In’ link. Select your library. Type your library card # without spaces. Click ‘Sign In.’
3. Click on any category of eBook (I used All Fiction but really the category doesn't matter. You just want to be looking at only eBooks).
4. In the Format field, choose ‘OverDrive READ.’ 

5. Click ‘Available Now’ if you want something to check out immediately. Otherwise select ‘Library Collection’ to see all titles, including those with waiting lists. 
6. If an eBook is available for immediate checkout, a darkened icon of an open book will display where the page corner is turned down. If the book is unavailable, this icon will be grayed out. (For more information about eBooks you can select the list view in the right top corner of your screen). Click on a book cover to select a book. Click the ‘Borrow’ button. 
9. Click ‘Read in Your Browser.’ Bookmark the page in your web browser for offline viewing.

To view the book offline scroll down on the menu (on the right side of your screen) and click download. Remember to bookmark the book so you can get to it later!

Questions about Overdrive READ:

Why read an eBook in a web browser?
Your eBooks are stored in the cloud, which means you can read across a number of different devices and your eBooks will sync so that you don’t lose your place. Modern web browsers will save the books in the browser cache, so you can read even when you're not connected to the internet. 

What is a web browser, again?
Your web browser is the software you use to browse and search the internet – the most popular browsers are Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari on the desktop, and Safari (on iOS devices) and Chrome on mobile devices. 

Can I read my eBook if I’m not connected to the internet?
Yes! When eBooks are first opened up in a web browser they cache – or save – for offline access. If there are eBooks you think you might want to read offline we recommend you bookmark them in your web browser when you first open them up. If you’re using an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can add them to your home screen as web-apps. 

For more help or questions- fill out our contact us form!

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