Archive for May, 2014


I love to wander among the library shelves ,picking up random books and finding something new. Sometimes, I want a little more direction . A few weeks ago I read Devil in the white city : murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America / Erik Larson . ( really good- about the Chicago world’s fair ). when I read that book , I remembered that I really enjoy history and I decided to see out some more nonfiction. I went to our new database, BookBrowse. BookBrowse is an online magazine for booklovers – including reviews, previews, “behind the book” backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more. One of the ways to browse for books is to look at the read alike page. I find looking by author is better than by title. I also went to nonfiction – and browse by time period. I ended up finding a lot of books to add to my huge to-be-read list. So What book did I end up with ?  Eighty days : Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s history-making race around the world / Matthew Goodman

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With your computer, Android or I-device, you can get started. Or else you can start at this page where eReaders are compared and quick start guides for various devices are provided.  ebooks

If any electronic resource in the library catalog catches your eye, note the alternate author on the item record, the one that is not a person’s name, e.g. One Click, Overdrive, etc. Then go back to the library home page and select “eBooks & eAudiobooks” on the right hand side, under Using Your Library. Once you’ve opened the eBooks & eAudiobooks page, find the tab for your alternate author for directions on how to download your item. A quick start guide may be available for your device; see the first paragraph. If you experience hiccups along the way, use “Ask us!”. Type in a keyword, or submit your question if it has not been answered, and you will receive a reply at the email address you provide.

An alternative is to check the Fremont Main branch calendar and find a Saturday morning when dedicated eBook help is scheduled. Bring your device and your library card.

Or you can always ask for help at the Information or Reference desk in the library. Keep in mind that at either desk you will be competing for the librarian’s attention as other patrons may be in line for unrelated matters.

So, don’t let eBooks or your device intimidate you. Help, self-help or otherwise, is available.

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