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wreath_ltsIf you enjoy reading seasonal fiction this time of year, then get into the Holiday Spirit with a large selection of e-books and e-audiobooks available through the Library.  Whether you love a good Christmas mystery or a heartwarming story with romance, you'll find something appealing.  See our handy list of titles and then go to the Download button on our homepage to login to OverDrive and select a good read!

kindlefireThe Penguin Publishing Company, supplier of many of our most popular e-book titles, has changed their method of downloading OverDrive material for owners of Kindle e-readers and those using the Kindle app.

 Instead of being able to wirelessly download e-books directly to your device, you must first download them to your computer and then transfer them to your device via a USB connection.  Unfortunately, Kindle format books from Penguin WILL NOT work with the free Kindle apps on iPad, iPods or smart phones.  This was a decision made by Penguin without consulting public libraries.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  Listed below are some of the authors who are published by Penguin, so you'll have an idea which e-books are affected by the new procedure: (Note, this list is not all inclusive, so check the OverDrive web site when selecting an e-book.)
Geraldine Brooks, Lee Child, Tom Clancy, Harlan Coben, Catherine Coulter, Clive Cussler, Ken Follett, Julie Garwood, Sue Grafton, Martha Grimes, W.E.B. Griffin, Dick Francis, John Le Carre, J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, Sohn Sanford, Kathryn Stockett, and Stuart Woods.

  

iStock_ereader_XSmallFor those who read e-books or listen to e-audiobooks, you know that popular titles freguently have long hold lines on OverDrive. The Library purchases additional licenses of these in-demand items to be used only by Plymouth Library Card holders. View a list of digital titles purchased for our local collection during the month of July for downloading onto your MP3 players or e-readers. Note: e-audiobooks are designated as (Audiobooks) in the list.

Please stop by the Help Desk on the Main Level for more information on how to "borrow" e-books @ the Library.

 

 


litigators_coverE-books used on Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers continue to gain in popularity each month.  Plymouth District Library is a member of the MCLS Digital Consortium, a group of 25 libraries spread across the southern part of Michigan.  Patrons from each of these libraries are downloading from the same group collection and this may result in long wait lists for bestsellers.  Needless to say, none of us want to be number 100 on a wait list for a popular book!  For this reason, Plymouth has become an Advantage member Library which means additional copies of these  same e-books are purchased for Plymouth residents ONLY. 

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1. Go to the Library's home page - plymouthlibrary.org - and click on the Download button on the left side of the page.

2. You are now at the Download Help Page.  Click on the Download Audiobooks & eBooks button on the left side of the page.  This takes you to the MCLS Digital Catalog & Download Center provided by OverDrive.  Please log in to your account now!




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3.  At the Log In page, you are asked to select your home library from a pull-down menu and then please enter your Plymouth District Library card number in the space provided.


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4. When logged in to your account, you will be able to check hold status and a variety of other things as well as start your search for ebooks.  The easiest way to search the collection is by using the Advanced Search link.



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5.  In using this advanced search, you will be able to limit your format to Kindle Books only as well as choose to search only for those titles currently available for download.  If you want to see all Kindle-format titles, don't click on the small button above the Search icon at the bottom of the menu.  If your desired book is currently checked out, you will be able to place a hold on it and will be notified by email when it becomes available for download.


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6.  After clicking on the green Search button, you'll be given a listing of ebooks in Kindle format.  When you see a title you want, be sure to select the Kindle version and then click on the Available - Add to Bookbag link.  You will then be taken to the screen where you actually check out the book for either 7 or 14 days, depending on your choice.



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7.  Once the title has been checked out to you, you'll once more see the book cover and next to it a small button that says Get for Kindle.  Please click on that button !  You are taken from the MCLS site to Amazon.com.



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8. On the Amazon site, you'll be asked to login with your Amazon username and password if you're not already logged in.  Once you do so, your selected title will show up on the page called Get Your Public Library Loan.  This screen shows your expiration date.  Go ahead and click on the yellow Get Library Book button on the right side of the page.





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9.  At the next page, you'll be asked to select which Kindle device you wish to use.  There is a pull-down menu if you have registered more than one device.  Select your device and then click on the yellow Continue button.


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10. The message you will see on this final checkout page is that your title has been delivered to your Kindle by wi-fi, or else you can choose to transfer it by USB cable.  The wi-fi worked perfectly and my title was already on the Kindle by the time I got through reading the page.


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11.    If you have finished reading a book and wish to return it early, you may do this through your Manage Your Kindle screen. 
Any notes you take will be saved if you ever decide to check the ebook out again or if
you should purchase it through Amazon. 
Once the loan period has expired, your book will be automatically deleted from your Kindle.  Happy Reading !!