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Introduction to eBooks & eAudiobooks


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The Presentation for our Introduction to eBooks and eAudiobooks class at the Baldwin Public Library in Birmingham, MI

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Introduction to eBooks & eAudiobooks

  1. 1. Introduction to eBooks and eAudiobooks<br />
  2. 2. Some Things You’ll Need<br /><ul><li>A computer (with Internet)
  3. 3. Free Software
  4. 4. Adobe Digital Editions – eBooks
  5. 5. Overdrive Media Console – eAudio
  6. 6. A Baldwin Public Library Card
  7. 7. A portable player
  8. 8. eBook Reader
  9. 9. iPod/iPhone/Droid/MP3 player</li></ul>OR<br /><ul><li>iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad / Droid
  10. 10. Overdrive Media Console App
  11. 11. Available from app store
  12. 12. A Baldwin Public Library Card</li></li></ul><li>eBooks vs. eAudiobooks<br />eBooks<br />eAudio<br />
  13. 13. eBooks vs. eAudiobooks<br />eBooks<br />eAudio<br />
  14. 14. eBooks vs. eAudiobooks<br />eBooks<br /><ul><li>Read on your computer
  15. 15. Some work on eReader devices
  16. 16. All can be read on your computer
  17. 17. ePub and pdf</li></ul>eAudiobooks<br /><ul><li>Listen on your computer
  18. 18. They work with MP3 players
  19. 19. Will work on iPods/iPhones/ Droid
  20. 20. WMA, MP3</li></li></ul><li>Getting Started – On a Computer<br />Three steps:<br />Download and Install Free Software<br />Activate the Software<br />Check out, Download, Enjoy!<br />
  21. 21. Getting Started<br />Download & Install Free Software:<br />eBooks: Adobe Digital editions<br />eAudio: Overdrive Media Console (WMA and MP3)<br />
  22. 22. Getting Started<br />Activate the Software<br />eBooks: Register with Adobe Digital Editions<br />IF YOU HAVE AN eREADER, YOU MUST REGISTER ADOBE WITH THE SAME INFORMATION<br />If you only plan upon reading books on one computer (and no eReaders), then you do not need to register your software<br />eAudio: Overdrive Media Console (WMA and MP3)<br />IF YOU HAVE A PC, YOU MUST PERFORM THE WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER SECURITY PLAYER UPGRADE<br />In Overdrive Media Console click on “Tools” and then “Windows Media Player Security Upgrade”. Follow the instructions to upgrade your player<br />If you have a Mac you do not need to perform this step<br />
  23. 23. Finding Books: The Catalog<br /> <br />Find Berkley in the list<br />Search for a book<br />Click on the title<br />Click on “Catalog Record”<br />Click the link next to “HTTP”<br />This will bring you to the item’s record<br />They may also have a link to an excerpt, so that you can preview a book before you check it out. These normally say “excerpt” in the URL<br />
  24. 24. Finding Books: MetroNet<br /><br />
  25. 25. Finding Books: Download Destination<br />
  26. 26. Getting Started – On a Computer<br />First, answer 3 questions:<br />Am I using a PC or a Mac?<br />Am I downloading an eBook? Or an eAudiobook?<br />What format is the book in? MP3? WMA? ePub? PDF? <br />
  27. 27. Check Out and Download<br />Make sure that the items are compatible with your computer and/or your device<br />“Add to my eCart” vs. “Place a Hold”<br />Downloadable books are just like library books, there are only so many copies.<br />Place a Hold: All copies of this book are checked out, but if you type in your email address, you’ll be on the hold list and you’ll be emailed when the book is available<br />Add to my eCart: This book is in! It can be placed in your cart and downloaded immediately!<br />You can have up to 6 books checked out at a time.<br />Check out books just like online shopping – put them in your cart and then proceed to checkout<br />
  28. 28. eAudiobooks<br />
  29. 29. WMA vs. MP3<br />WMA<br /><ul><li>Windows Media Audio
  30. 30. Works on any Windows Computer
  31. 31. Works on many MP3 players
  34. 34. Can be downloaded to a Windows Computer and transferred to an iPod/iPhone</li></ul>MP3<br /><ul><li>MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3
  35. 35. Works on both Windows and Mac Computers
  36. 36. Works on MP3 players, iPods, iPhones, and Droids
  37. 37. Can be downloaded directly to a mobile device (iPod/iPhone/Android Phone/iPad)</li></li></ul><li>eBooks<br />
  38. 38. ePub vs. PDF<br />ePub<br /><ul><li>Reflowable text
  39. 39. Works on any computer
  40. 40. Works with most eReaders
  41. 41. Can be downloaded directly to a mobile device</li></ul>PDF<br /><ul><li>Defined text
  42. 42. Works on any computer
  43. 43. Works with some eReaders
  44. 44. Cannot be downloaded to a mobile device</li></li></ul><li>Getting Started – On a Computer<br />To download and install books, use the handouts provided for step-by-step instructions<br />
  45. 45. Direct to a Mobile Device<br />
  46. 46. Getting Started – On Mobile DeviceOverdrive Media Console App<br />App is available for<br />iPhone/iPod Touch<br />Android Phone<br />iPad (it is the iPhone app, so it is designed for an iPhone, but functions on an iPad – An iPad app is coming)<br />
  47. 47. Overdrive Media Console App<br />Preparation: Create an account with Adobe. It can be done on your phone, but it’s not ideal. Go to and click “Create an Adobe Account”<br />Find the free app at your App store and download it<br />Open the app on your device<br />Use “Get Books” to find books<br />You can search for Baldwin to add it to your list of websites<br />Make sure to choose the one for Birmingham, MI<br />Check out books and download<br />They will open in, and remain in the app until your checkout period is over<br />When you’re ready to delete a book off of your device tap “edit” and then tap the red circle next to the title that you are ready to delete<br />
  48. 48. eBooks & eAudiobooks<br />eBooks<br /><ul><li>Can only download ePub books</li></ul>eAudiobooks<br /><ul><li>Can only download MP3 books</li></li></ul><li>Troubleshooting<br />Some common problems:<br />Is all of your software up to date? (iTunes, Windows Media Player, iPod/iPhone software, apps, etc…)<br />eAudiobooks<br />Can’t download? Did you perform the Windows Media Player Security Upgrade?<br />Can’t transfer to an iPod? Did you set your iPod to “Manually Manage Music”?<br />Can’t find your book? Check under “Music” instead of Audiobooks (common after transfer with MP3 books – instructions on changing the files to an audiobook are included in your instruction sheet)<br />eBooks<br />Can’t transfer books? Did you register your device with the same information that you used to register your Adobe Digital Editions?<br />Software not working with your device? Do you have a Sony Reader? Don’t both with Adobe Digital Editions – the books will work perfectly with your Sony Software.<br />Is there a lot of blank space every 2-3 pages of your book? Check to see if it is a PDF book. ePub books have reflowable text and when you increase the font, they’ll adjust accordingly. PDF books don’t have that ability, so if you increase the font size, you’ll get blank space every 2-3 pages.<br />
  49. 49. Congratulations!<br />
  50. 50. For more information…<br /><br />248-554-4650<br />