Monday, March 26, 2012

Getting started with a Windows Computer

Getting started with a Windows Computer

Using your Windows computer to enjoy titles from your local library is easy. All you have to do is browse for a title you want, check it out, download, and enjoy.

What you need

How it works

  1. Install software
    Any format listed below can be enjoyed from a Windows computer. Use the links to install the software.
*Kindle Books can be transferred from your computer, or delivered wirelessly to Kindle devices over a Wi-Fi connection.
  1. Browse, check out, download
    To get started, browse to an OverDrive-powered website. To find your library, try using search.overdrive.com.

    Once you're there, find a title you want and check out. When you see the Download button, click it to open the title on your computer.

    For Kindle Books, the Get for Kindle button will take you to Amazon's website to deliver the book to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
  2. Enjoy
    Kindle Books:
    • Kindle for PC: If you selected a Kindle Book, you can use the Kindle for PC software to enjoy the title. Any notes you take, or bookmarks you make will be saved. If you ever check out the same title again, or buy it from the Kindle store, you'll find your notes safe and sound right where you left them.
    • Kindle Cloud Reader: Another option to read a Kindle Book is to use Kindle Cloud Reader. All you need is a compatible browser (Chrome or Safari) and an Internet connection. As long as you're online, you can read Kindle Books right from your web browser.
eBooks: If you found yourself in the mood to read an EPUB or PDF eBook, use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to enjoy the title. You can also use ADE to transfer eBooks to an eBook reader of your choice.
Audio / Video titles: If you decided to grab an audiobook or video, use OverDrive Media Console (OMC) to enjoy the title. To make your titles portable, you can use OMC to transfer them to your mobile device.

Getting started with a Mac

Getting started with a Mac

Using your Mac to enjoy titles from your local library is easy. All you have to do is browse for a title you want, check out, download, and enjoy.

What you need

How it works

  1. Install software
    Any format listed below can be enjoyed on a Mac computer. Use the links to install the software.
  2. Browse, check out, download
    To get started, browse to an OverDrive-powered website. To find your library, try using search.overdrive.com.

    Once you're there, find a title you want and check out. When you see the Download button, click it to open the title on your computer.

    For Kindle Books, the Get for Kindle button will take you to Amazon's website to deliver the book to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
  3. Enjoy
    Kindle Books:
    • Kindle for Mac: If you selected a Kindle Book, you can use the Kindle for Mac software to enjoy the title. Any notes you take, or bookmarks you make will be saved. If you ever check out the same title again, or buy it from the Kindle store, you'll find your notes safe and sound right where you left them.
    • Kindle Cloud Reader: Another option to read a Kindle Book is to use Kindle Cloud Reader. All you need is a compatible browser (Chrome or Safari) and an Internet connection. As long as you're online, you can read Kindle Books right from your web browser.

eBooks
:If you found yourself in the mood to read an EPUB or PDF eBook, use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to enjoy the title. You can also use ADE to transfer eBooks to an eBook reader of your choice.

Audio titles: If you decided to grab an audiobook, use OverDrive Media Console (OMC) to enjoy the title. To make your titles portable, you can use OMC to transfer them to your mobile device.

Getting started with MP3 players

Getting started with MP3 players

Using MP3 players to listen to titles from your local library is easy. All you have to do is check out and download a title, then transfer it to your device using OverDrive Media Console.
If you have an iPod, these articles may be more helpful:

What you need

How it Works

  1. Install software
    You can use your MP3 player to enjoy audio titles from your library. You'll need OverDrive Media Console (OMC) to transfer MP3 or WMA (if supported) audio files to your device.

    Note: You can look up your MP3 player on OverDrive's Device Resource Center to see if it supports WMA titles.
  2. Browse, check out, download
    To get started, browse to an OverDrive-powered library website. To find your library, try using search.overdrive.com.

    Next, check out and download an audiobook using your computer (Windows or Mac), then transfer it to your device (Windows or Mac).
  3. Enjoy
    Once you've transferred a title to your MP3 player, you can listen to it just like you would any other audio file.

Getting started with an iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch)

Getting started with an iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch)

Using iOS devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch) to enjoy titles from your local library is easy. With OverDrive's mobile app for iOS, all you have to do is browse for a title you want, check it out, download, and enjoy.

What you need


How it works

  1. Install software
    You can use your iOS device to download titles from your library. You'll need OverDrive's mobile app for iOS to enjoy eBooks and audiobooks on your device.

    To read eBooks, you'll also need to authorize your device with an Adobe ID.
  2. Browse, check out, download
    To get started, browse to an OverDrive-powered website. To find your library, try using search.overdrive.com.

    Next, open the OverDrive Mobile app on your device. Use Get Books + to find a title you want and check out. When you see the Download button, tap it to open the title on your device.

    Note: If you'd like to download titles using your Windows or Mac computer, check out our instructions on how to transfer them to your device (click here for Mac).
  3. Enjoy
    eBooks
    : When you download an eBook, your selection will open automatically in OverDrive's mobile app, letting you read right away. Features include bookmarking, brightness controls, night mode, text size adjustment, orientation lock, the option to return an eBook, and more.

    Audiobooks: When you download an audiobook, OverDrive's mobile app automatically opens the title so you can listen to it right away. Features include bookmarking, a volume slider, skip back 15 seconds, a sleep timer, the option to return an audiobook, and more.

Getting started with a NOOK

Getting started with a NOOK

Using a NOOK to read books from your local library is easy. All you have to do is check out and download an eBook, then transfer it to your NOOK using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
Note: This page should help with any NOOK, such as the NOOK Color, NOOK Tablet, NOOK Simple Touch, etc.

What you need

How it works

  1. Install software
    You can use your NOOK to enjoy eBooks from your library. You'll need Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to transfer eBooks to your device.

    You will also need to authorize your computer and your eBook reader with an Adobe ID.
  2. Browse, check out, download
    To get started, browse to an OverDrive-powered library website. To find your library, try using search.overdrive.com.

    Next, check out and download an EPUB or PDF eBook using your Windows or Mac computer. The eBook will open with (ADE). From there, transfer the eBook to your eBook reader. It's a simple drag and drop from your ADE library to your device bookshelf.
  3. Enjoy
    Once you have transferred a library eBook, you can read it just like you would any other eBook on your NOOK.

Getting started with Amazon® Kindle


Getting started with Amazon® Kindle
Using Kindle to read books from your local library is easy. All you have to do is check out an eBook and deliver it to the Kindle device or Kindle reading app of your choice.
Note: Some Kindles may require you to manually transfer the title to your PC via USB. You can check out Amazon's support page for instructions on how to do this.
What you need
How it Works
  1. Install software

    Most library eBooks can be read on Kindle and Kindle reading apps. Kindles with a Wi-Fi internet connection can download most books directly from Amazon.

    For computers and other devices, additional software is needed:
  2. Browse, check out, download

    To get started, browse to an OverDrive-powered website. To find your library, try using search.overdrive.com. You can use a computer, or you can download titles directly with devices such as a Kindle Fire or other tablet.

    Once you're there, find an eBook you want to read and check out.

    You can select any title that displays the 'Kindle Book' icon.


    When you see the Get for Kindle button, click it to go to Amazon's website which allows you to send the book to a Kindle device.

    Note: Certain publishers' titles are not available for over-the-air delivery. If over-the-air delivery is not available, you will need to download the title, then load it on to your Kindle over USB.

    Kindle Books checked out from your library are saved to your Kindle account so that you can download them again whenever you need to during the lending period.
  3. Enjoy

    Once you deliver a library book to your Kindle or Kindle reading app, it reads just like any other Kindle Book. Any notes you take, or bookmarks you make will be saved. If you ever check out the same title again, or buy it from the Kindle store, you'll find your notes safe and sound right where you left them.

    Another option is to read eBooks borrowed from your library on Kindle Cloud Reader. All you need is a compatible browser (Chrome or Safari) and an Internet connection. As long as you're online, you can read Kindle Books right from your web browser.
Want to know more?
If you need help with Kindle or Kindle reading apps, Amazon has a support page you can visit.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

History of Winnebago County, IL Up to 1848

Special Presentation:

Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm

Talcott Free Library

101 E. Main St., Rockton




Presenter Robert Lindvall, former Winnebago County Law Librarian will share his discoveries about the history of the local area during that period.  His visual presentation will highlight:

· Area prehistory
· Accounts of early travelers
· Early maps/changing borders
· First settlers of the townships
· Influential settlers
· Early post office locations
· “paper” towns
· Ghost towns
· Early trails and roads
· Early county events and developments
 
Finally, no historical presentation is complete without a dose of speculation and gossip.  Learn more about the  area of Illinois you call home.  Free presentation for community.  No registration required.   

Presented by the
Rockton Township Historical Society
and Talcott Free Library