Penguin eBooks, Kindle and iPad (iOS device)

If you are using a Kindle App on an iPad or other iOS device, you will not be able to read any Kindle eBooks published by Penguin.  However, you can read the ePub format of the Penguin eBook using the OverDrive Media Console and not the Kindle app.

You can easily identify a Penguin eBook for Kindle eReaders in the catalog. It has a description after the Kindle icon which reads: “Kindles and free Kindle apps via USB only“. In the title below, if you have an iPad select EPUB format and download it using the OverDrive Media Console for the iPad which can be downloaded for free from your app store.

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Free Ebook Sites

Although the Library District Overdrive collection is constantly adding new titles, there are two other sites to search for free ebooks or to see if an individual title is formatted and available from a major ebookstore vendor.

Inkmesh is an ebook search engine and can also be used to compare ebook prices, search by subject and to locate free ebooks. Clicking on the about link will list the sites that are searched. Additionally, there is a link for promotional free e-books.

Freebooks: The site has ebooks in many formats which include public domain and original books. It is also an independent digital publishing house for ebooks uploaded by authors.

OverDrive’s eBook & audiobook app for Windows Phone now available

Today we released OverDrive Media Console for Windows Phone, which enables Windows Phone users to download EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from public, K-12 school, and higher ed libraries. We’re excited for this release, not just because library eBooks and audiobooks will be available on popular smartphones such as LG Quantum, Samsung Focus, and HTC Trophy, but also because it means OverDrive now supports every major mobile and desktop operating system, including Windows, Mac, iPad/iPhone (iOS), Android, and BlackBerry.

Like OverDrive’s apps for other mobile platforms, the Windows Phone app includes a “Get Books” feature so that users can easily find your library. Users can then browse the mobile version of your ‘Virtual Branch’ website, check out an EPUB eBook or MP3 audiobook with a library card, and download the title directly to their device. While the feature set remains the same, the OverDrive app takes advantage of the Windows Phone platform to provide a unique user experience.

The free OverDrive Media Console for Windows Phone app is available in the Windows Phone Marketplace and can be installed on all Windows Phone devices.

Check out the Windows Phone app on your device or watch the video below, and let us know what you think.

Provided by Dan Stasiewski is a public relations manager for OverDrive.

Stanza Application for Viewing eBook Titles

Overdrive eBook titles (either ePUB, PDF DRM or MobiPocket eBook) require either Mobipocket Reader or Adobe Digital Editions to both view and download. However, there is another software application for reading a non-DRM e-books (such as the Gutenberg Project ebooks) on the Apple iTouch, iPhone or iPad.

Stanza is an ePub software reader and converter that is fast, light-weight, and simple. It provides a highly customizable reading experience, with the ability to quickly change text size (with a slider in the settings, or using pinch and reverse pinch), adjust line and margin spacing, bookmarks, and choose from many different fonts. It is a free application available at the iTunes store.

Additionally, is has a Get books option for searching for free books from sites such as Project Gutenberg, Harlequin, All Romance eBooks, Feedbooks and more.

iPad and ebooks

Do any of the ebooks play on an iPad?  If so, what software do I need to install?

ePub format for ebooks and MP3 format for eaudio books work on the ipad.  You need to sse the OverDrive App from either OverDrive  or the Apple Store.

You may want to start with My Help!   This will walk you through the entire process.

If you need additional help visit our FAQS, Tips & Tricks for eMedia  and for learning about new ebooks and general emedia news visit eRead Me Vegas .

OverDrive’s Apps for Android & iPhone /iPad Updated!

We’re pleased to announce the release of OverDrive Media Console v2.2 for Android and OverDrive Media Console v2.2.1 for iPhone/iPad. With this release, users can benefit from performance enhancement for each platform.

Android: Sleep timer for audiobooks, sepia display option and screen dimming overdrive for eBooks, along with faster EPUB performance.

iPhone/iPad: Orientation lock for eBooks, Night mode, screen lock override, and sepia display option for eBooks.

The system requirements are still the same. The free apps can be installed on phones and devices running the Android OS v1.5 (or newer) or iOS v4.0 (or newer).

The updated apps are available at either the Android Market or the App Store.

eBooks and eAudio Books available from the Library’s eMedia Catalog.

My Sony eReader won’t Open an eBook, Help!

I was able to open an Adobe eBook on my Sony Reader before, but now when I try to open it, Sony Reader shows a ‘Protected Page’ error message. What should I do?

This is a known issue with some Sony Readers, especially older Sony Readers, wherein if borrowed eBooks in one format are used on the Reader, then a borrowed eBook in an alternate format is transferred to the same Sony Reader, eBooks in the most recently transferred format will function while eBooks in the first format will show the ‘Protected Page’ error. To use the desired format, transfer a title in that format again. All borrowed titles in this most recently transferred format will be usable.