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BLOG: Library eBooks are easy to check out

Tom Jackson • Dec 8, 2011 at 5:49 PM

I borrowed an electronic book from the Sandusky Library the other day, and the experience was so easy I thought I'd talk about it here.

My wife and I were early adopters for checking out eBooks when an Ohio company called OverDrive began making them available for public libraries. But I gave up on checking out eBooks for a long time because it was a hassle. My wife is a professional librarian and I'm hardly a computer novice, but we often couldn't make it work.

It's much easier now. Checking out Kindle format books from the library is a snap. If the book is available, you do a series of clicks. (One of the last clicks, the "Get for Kindle" click, takes you to Amazon's Web site. You must have an Amazon.com account.)

If the book is not immediately available, readers can sign up for a waiting list.

Note that if you don't have a Kindle, you can read the books on any computer by installing Amazon's Kindle Cloud Reader on a Web browser. It works for Firefox, Chrome or Safari, works on any computer, and can be used when the computer is disconnected from the Internet.

I'm concentrating on the Kindle format because that's what I use, but library eBooks generally are easier to deal with. Nook owners should give them a try, too. Audiobooks also can be downloaded and transferred to an MP3 player.

In addition, the Sandusky Library is checking out Nooks loaded with bestsellers for patrons who don't own a device themselves.

If you need ideas on what to read, check out my "Recommended 2011 books" posting. 

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