Ring in the New Year with a primer on E-Readers!
Overdrive? What is it?
It works just like the regular Library. You can borrow eBooks and audiobooks or place a hold for books that are already out. They are automatically deleted from your device on the due date. Card holders have access to popular fiction and non-fiction titles, in both eBook and audiobook formats. Depending on your device you can checkout and download:
- Adobe EPUB eBooks
- Adobe PDF eBooks
- Mobipocket eBooks
- OverDrive WMA Audiobooks
- OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks
What do I need to get started?
Click on the “My help” button on Overdrive (hint: click on 'Overdrive' to go to the page) button in the upper left corner to determine what software you need to download.
We’ve gathered a lot of useful links on this page: eBook Help
If you follow the link above you can click on a link to see information on the following topics:
- Overdrive Help
- Online video tours
- Quickstart Guide
- List of compatible devices
- Lending policies and procedures
Still deciding which e-reader you should buy?
The right e-reader for you will depend on a lot of personal factors including whether you want a dedicated device or something that does other things like a tablet, your price point, screen brightness, battery life, weight, and whether you want e-books and/or audiobooks.
Check out this information from Overdrive on ‘supported devices’: Supported Devices
Maybe you’re still feeling a little overwhelmed? Well don't worry, there is lots of help! Check out Calgary Public Library's Program Guide for programs offered at the library.
You can also find some helpful online videos explaining how to use Calgary Public Library eBooks. Click here to find them.
Or if you need some technical assistance most devices also provide that. You can find links to that here: Technical Assistance Just find your device and click on the ‘support’ link.
However you might be reading - e-book or paper copy - we hope you're enjoying it!