Cook Memorial Library

Tamworth, NH

eReaders, iPods & MP3 players, oh My!

Posted on | December 28, 2011 | No Comments

How many of you out there received eReaders or other devices for Christmas?

I got a Kindle Fire myself, and I’m looking forward to loading it up with one or two books from Overdrive, which allows our patrons to download Kindle Books, as well as Adobe EPUB eBooks, and also WMA and MP3 audiobooks. If you have any trouble learning how to download to your device, bring it in to the library so we can help.
I know I will love my new Kindle Fire because of its larger\size and keyboard and its versatility, internet access, and color, but I’ve been listening for years to Overdrive audios on a little Creative Zen MP3 player I bought for $90. I do love audios, especially when they are expertly read by actors, because I can listen while walking, cross-country skiing, driving in the car (I have a little gizmo that allows me to listen through the car’s speakers), waiting for appointments, etc.
Overdrive makes it easy to see the new titles in the different formats right on their home page but there are also some great titles in the “Always Available” categories too. I recently steamed through four of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear with great pleasure.
If you go to the right-hand column and click on “Browse by Subject” and pick a genre, or click on Audiobook Fiction (or Non-Fiction or Teens or whatever) and then the subcategory of your choice. When you see your list – I clicked on “All Fiction”, check the box “Limit to what I can check out now.” Click “Submit” and you’ll see that over 2300 titles are available. It’s also the easiest way to practice if you are new to the site, rather than having to wait for an email to tell you your title is finally available – just when it isn’t convenient.
We are so lucky to have access to Overdrive. Our Overdrive membership is paid by The Friends of Cook Memorial Library. It is also supported by grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the New Hampshire State Library. Please use this great resource.

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