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Borrow e-books and audio books from your local library. There's an app for that!
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Borrow e-books and audio books from your local library. There’s an app for that!

Online borrowing of e-books or audio books from your local library is not new..but, until now it has been a complicated hassle of downloading the book on your PC or Mac then uploading it to your Tablet and figure out how to make it work with your e-reader of choice. Times have changed.

The Overdrive Media Console allows you to browse the electronic bookshelves of libraries using Overdrive’s eMedialibrary system. Your library may not..penetration is low where I live..only three Public Libraries and the McGill University Library were participating  in Quebec..it is better elsewhere, 269 libraries in Ontario are on the system for example as are 715 in New York State so there is a better chance your local library will be one of them..You must be a member of the library before you can borrow books.

It is a great way to save money on your e-book reading but, there are some drawbacks the books must be in ePub format and you will notice the number of such books available is only a fraction of the books a library has in its catalog. Finally just like paper books a library has only a limited number of copies and if all are out you have to join a waiting list.

Borrowing electronic books is still very new but Overdrive is adding libraries every day so as the numbers of libraries on-line and the size of the catalogs increases it will become more popular. If your local library is on board..check here..why not give it a try.

Overdrive Media Console is available free for Windows, Mac, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad and windows 7. Check here for download links.

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

4 Comments
  • Stephane Giroux

    Brilliant app, Bob. Thanks for pointing it out. Do you by chance know if any public libraries in Montreal have e-book borrowing?

    July 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm Reply
  • Gary Dikkema via Facebook

    Works well!

    August 3, 2011 at 12:32 am Reply
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    August 17, 2011 at 7:35 am Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      I use the WP to Twitter plugin..I find it reliable and doesn’t seem to have any conflicts with other plugins.

      August 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm Reply

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