Books cost less (but high initial cost for the reader) Easier to publish (no cost for printing, distributing) Greener Smaller to carry with you
Devices still cost quite a lot (although coming down in price, Kindle is $300/ new Kobo is $150) Loss of the eBook Reader is more significant (easier to damage; theft) Content Compatibility (DRM; ePub vs. AZW (Kindle) Not easy to share/loan books (with friends; can borrow books from the library)
Start: http://www.orl.bc.ca and click on “Web Resources” on the left hand side.
Then click on “Other Digital Resources” and then finally on “Library to Go – eBooks.”
Keep in mind, Library to Go includes both eBooks and audio books!
Choosing “To download Adobe eBooks, you need Adobe® Digital Editions.”
The page that the previous link goes to...scroll down a bit
...and click on Install.
The start of the installation process; downloading the program....”are you sure you want to do this?”
ACTIVATION AND AUTHORIZATION After installation, the Setup Assistant wizard prompts you to activate Adobe Digital Editions (you must be online during this process). During activation, you have the option to authorize your computer with an Adobe ID. If you don't have an Adobe ID, creating one is free and only takes a minute. The Adobe ID enables you to transfer items protected by digital rights management (DRM) between multiple computers or devices and restore them after a data loss or system reinstallation. An Adobe ID also includes an Adobe membership, which gives you access to trial downloads, hundreds of free product extensions, and special community areas. It also allows you to view and manage your activity in the Adobe Worldwide Store.
Adobe strongly recommends that you authorize your computer at initial activation to protect your digital content. If you choose to authorize at a later time, you can do so by choosing Library > Authorize Computer.
After activation, any books, magazines, or other documents you previously bought with Adobe Acrobat® or Reader® software are migrated to Adobe Digital Editions. This is usually a relatively quick process. Adobe Digital Editions opens each item and reverifies its license to the user. If you don't have DRM-protected items, you don't need to be online during the migration. If you have a large number of items (for example, more than 100), then this process may take a while, but you will see a progress bar indicating the state of the migration as it proceeds.
Note: Items that you previously borrowed from a public library with Adobe Acrobat® or Reader® software are not migrated to Adobe Digital Editions. You need to return the library item and then borrow the item again with Digital Editions.
Adobe Digital Editions then does some housekeeping (setting up the manifest and application shortcuts) and launches. http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/help/#activation
Tada! All done.
Find a book that I could download and “Add to Cart”
Specific details on how I can use it. Then either continue browsing or “proceed to checkout.”
This is checkout....first change the library to “Okanagan Regional Library”...
...then enter your library card number.
Choose how long you’d like to have the eBook....* 7 days, 14 days, or 21 days. The eBook will be automatically deleted after this time limit.
The item is ready for downloading. Remind: items cannot be downloaded in the library (budget).
Downloading in process..
There’s my book!
Help in Digital Editions can be found in the drop down menu “Reading”.
LIBRARY TO GO
May 8, 2010; Tara Thompson
What is an eReader and eBook?
How can the ORL provide eBooks?
How to use Library to Go?
Where else you can find eBooks?
(2010). Activation and authorization. Adobe Digital Editions Help. Retrieved May 7, 2010
(2010). eReader Comparison. eReader Leader. Retrieved May 7, 2010 from
(28 January 2010). Device Resource Center – Compatible EBook Devices. Overdrive.
Retrieved May 7, 2010 from
Herzog, Brian. (16 March 2010). Ebooks and Resources. Swiss Army Librarian.
Retrieved May 7, 2010 from http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2010/03/16/ebooks-
Morrill, Stef. (20 March 2009). Re-Kindling e-book Enthusiasm. TechBits. Retrived May
7, 2010 from http://scls.typepad.com/techbits/2009/03/rekindling-ebook-