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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Vacation or Staycation – Library eBooks Are Everywhere You Are

Whether you’re heading out of town or destined for a staycation, we’ve got you covered. Don’t worry about damaging library books at the beach or how you’re going to fit books in your lone carry on. Check out digital books instead. 

EBooks have come a long way at the library since we last wrote about them here at About Books. If you didn’t know libraries have ebooks or haven’t used Overdrive for a couple years, you are in for a very pleasant surprise. Library card holders can now download eBooks and/or eAudiobooks quickly and easily from the comfort of home onto virtually any device that can connect to the Internet -— e-readers (like Nook or Kindle), tablets, laptops, desktops, smart phones, mp3 players, etc. And there are thousands of titles to choose from thanks to the participation of more publishers in library eBook lending.
OverDrive is our most popular eBook collection and the one that you’ll find if you click eBooks on the Fairfax County Public Library home page. It includes fiction and popular nonfiction for all ages in both eBook and eAudiobook formats. OverDrive has a very thorough help section, but if you’d rather have printed directions all library branches have handouts with step-by-step directions for downloading eBooks on different devices. Many branches also have workshops to walk you through the process.

Fewer library users are aware that we also have collections of career, test prep, technical and reference eBooks. Card holders can even download magazines and read enhanced children’s books online. This web page features all of the library’s eBook collections, including descriptions of each. Visit this site to learn how to download magazines from Zinio.
If you have questions or experience any technical problems, please feel free to call a library or visit an Information Desk near you.

-- Rebecca Molineaux, George Mason Regional Library

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