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Multiple types of eReaders and mobile devices such as Nook, Kobo and Sony eReaders work with the service. The Kindle Fire can be used with the 3M Cloud Library, but not other types of Kindles.
The Albany County Public Library is very excited to announce that at long last we have e-books for our patrons to checkout and download! Along with all other Wyoming public and community college libraries, we are providing statewide access to a new service from LibraryIdeas, called Freading. Freading does not intend to meet the need for current New York Times bestsellers, but it will offer a very attractive set of eBooks, especially in nonfiction and genre fiction. Notably, works by Wyoming authors Joanne Kennedy and John D. Nesbitt are available in Freading. Popular authors like Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants) and Joanne Fluke (Sugar Cookie Murder) are also included.
Where to find Freading - http://gowyld.freading.com
What is Freading?
Freading is a new type of eBook lending that offers simultaneous access to a wide variety of books from many different small and independent publishers. Over 20,000 titles will be available and more are added weekly. Library users will log in with their Wyoming library card and PIN and have full access to the entire collection. Each user is alloted a set number of online tokens per week. These tokens are used to exchange for the eBook checkouts. Each book ranges in value from one to four tokens, usually based on the publishing date or popularity of the items.
Checkouts are for two weeks. Books can be renewed, usually for zero tokens, and can be returned early. Tokens can be accrued during a month of access, but are reset at the beginning of each month. Users will need to install Adobe Digital Editions (and set up an Adobe ID).
What eReaders does Freading work with?
Most popular eReading devices will work with Freading, with the exception of the standard Amazon Kindle. It is possible to use Freading with the Kindle Fire, however.
You can use the service with:
- Either a PC or Mac. Use Adobe Digital Editions to read downloaded books.
- The Nook family of readers from Barnes & Noble. Nooks cannot download directly from Freading, but you can download books to your computer and then transfer them to the Nook with Adobe Digital Editions.
- Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Users download the Freading app from the App store. They then register the app with their Adobe Digital Editons ID and use the browser on the device (e.g. Safari) to log in to Freading and check out a book. The App will then allow access to the book.
- The Kobo eReader and Vox tablet. The Freading App is in the Getjar App store.
- Most Android based tablets and phones. Devices must be at least version 2.2 of Android and have access to the full Android App Market. Find the App in the Android Market and install. Register it with the Adobe Digital Editions user id and download books directly with the App. Note - special instructions for downloading the Freading app for Kindle Fire are available in the Freading FAQ.
Keep one thing in mind: these new e-books won’t work with Kindles which are set up to use only downloads purchased directly from Amazon. However, you can find out-of-copyright downloads via Amazon, as well, for just a dollar or two.
Other e-readers like Nooks and Sony readers, etc. should be able to play our new 3M e-books. And, don’t forget that most e-books can be played on computers, laptops, tablets, and some smart phones, too.
eBooks from Amazon
Amazon has recently invited libraries to purchase and loan Amazon Kindle e-books to their patrons. This is only available for libraries which use OverDrive, Inc.’s e-book downloading product. If 3M signs a contract with Amazon, we’ll be the first to let you know!
Free Books Already Available
Lots of Free E-Books Online
HOWEVER – There are still a lot of wonderful books available at your fingertips! Want to read Jane Austen? Reading a Shakespeare play for class? If it’s out of copyright (published before 1923) chances are good that you can find and download it from one of the sites listed below. [Click Here for the List]
Don't Forget About All The Downloadable eAudiobooks!
Every library cardholder already has access to thousands of free downloadable audiobooks including current titles and bestsellers. Their “digital rights” have been acquired by Recorded Books, the company that provides this content to us via their OneClickdigital program. Brought to you by the Wyoming State Library! Just go to this website and set up your OneClickdigital account: http://gowyld.net/econtent/ Don’t forget to look at the help pages and tutorials (at the top of the page) to see how it works.
Free eAudiobooks online
http://librivox.org – downloadable public domain (out of copyright) audiobooks recorded by ordinary folks. You could volunteer to read one!
http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/ - draws on books in the public domain, including books recorded by non-professional readers via Librivox.
Many of these sites can be used for Nooks, Kobo and Sony Readers, as well as simply reading on your PC. There are several different types of formats available, such as: ePub, PDF, HTML, Mobipocket, and Txt. You will need to check to see if your device can read the particular format.
This article lists several of the free sites.
Top Ten Reviews reviews seven free sites.
Hongkiat.com has a blog post listing the twenty best websites for free e-books. The blog also added another 16 extra listings. The post was updated about a year ago and a second set of websites can be found here.
Free E-Books on the Web:
- http://www.gutenberg.org Over 33,000 free e-books to read on your e-reader.
- http://books.google.com/ Google Books has scanned many titles. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given them permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.
Laura Miller from Salon.com has an article discussing google e-books: http://www.salon.com/books/laura_miller/2010/12/07/google_e-bookstore/index.html
Check out this explanation of Google books by The Tattered Cover bookstore:
Look on the left under Special Features/Free E-Book collections.