Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Get started with e-books and e-audio books from the library

Did Santa bring you a new tablet, smartphone or e-reader this holiday season? If so, now is the time to get started with e-books and e-audio books from Fauquier County Public Library.

All you need to borrow digital titles from your library is an internet connection and your FCPL library card.

If you’re using a tablet or smartphone, you will want to download OverDrive’s free mobile app, OverDrive Media Console, to easily find and save your library’s OverDrive website and to download and enjoy borrowed titles on your device.

Get the app from your app store or from for these popular devices and platforms: Android™, BlackBerry®, iOS (iPhone®/iPad®/iPod® touch), Windows® Phone, Kindle® Fire tablets, KoboTM tablets, and NOOK® tablets.

Borrow titles with one click
If you’re using a tablet or smartphone, use the app’s Add a Library (or Get Books) feature to find and save the library’s OverDrive website, the Blue Ridge Download Consortium. On any device with a browser, you can also go directly to the library’s OverDrive site at:

Once you find a title to borrow on the library’s site, click Borrow and enter your library card information. You’ve now borrowed the title—that’s all there is to it.

Read in your browser with OverDrive Read
The easiest way to start reading a borrowed eBook is to use OverDrive Read (if available). OverDrive Read lets you read eBooks right in your browser—no extra software or login required. Simply click Read next to a borrowed eBook to begin reading. For more information, visit

Download other formats to your computer, tablet, or smartphone
You will also see download options on the library website next to each of your borrowed titles...

On tablets or smartphones: Use OverDrive’s free mobile app to download EPUB eBooks (*you will need an Adobe ID) and MP3 audiobooks directly to your tablet or smartphone.

On Windows or Mac: 
On Windows 8 or RT: Use OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Windows 8 to download EPUB eBooks* and MP3 audiobooks to your Windows 8 or RT device.

For Kindle Books: In the US, you can download Kindle Books to your Kindle device or reading app. If you select the Kindle Book option, you’ll be taken to Amazon’s website to complete download.

*What is an Adobe ID and how do I get one?
An Adobe ID allows you to read Adobe EPUB e-books in our app and to transfer e-books from your computer to supported e-book readers. Follow the one-time prompt on your computer or device to create a free Adobe ID and complete authorization.

Need more help?
For more help, including device-specific instructions, how-to videos, and a link to contact support, visit the Help section on the library’s OverDrive-powered website, the Blue Ridge Download Consortium.

In addition, the library subscribes to OneClickdigital, which includes exclusive Recorded Books audiobooks, all compatible with iPad/iPod/iPhones, as well as numerous MP3/audio devices. The OneClickdigital collection includes works by popular authors such as Lawrence Block, Rita Mae Brown, James Lee Burke, Alexander McCall Smith, Elizabeth Peters, and John Sandford. OneClickdigital also recently added a collection of classic e-book titles.

During your holiday break, remember that there is no need to bundle up and visit your local branch -- simply use your library barcode to checkout and download your favorite titles.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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