Posts Tagged ‘ebooks’

Get Your Own Library to Go!

Fremont Library eBook HelpStop into the Fremont Main Library from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on:

Saturday March 5th and March 12
Saturday April 2nd and April 9th

and get help downloading books and audiobooks onto your Internet capable device.  Try TumbleBooks for Kids pick an eBook from OverDrive for your high school class, listen to a romance novel from OneClick Digital, read a biography from 3M or find out about Project Management Software from Books 24×7  (TumbleBooks and Books 24×7 cannot be downloaded).  There’s something for everyone and all you need is your library card.

Our volunteers will walk you through the steps or provide handouts if you don’t have time to stay.  Take advantage of what your library card provides and walk around with a book in your pocket all the time!


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It’s summer, and we’re already half way through the Summer Reading Game. Many of you have signed up and finished. Some of you are just starting. There’s plenty of time to start now and finish by August 8.

I find more people inquire about using eBooks and eAudiobooks. Perhaps the next book in a series the kids want is available in eBook format first, although you might still have to place a hold. Or, perhaps you really want some audiobooks to listen to on a road trip, and the CD Book isn’t available or is on hold for someone else.

On our website you can find guides for using the various platforms (Overdrive, Enki, etc.) with your particular Android, iPad, Nook, Kindle, or other device. Look for eBooks on the bottom right column on our homepage. On the next page, click on Overdrive (or OneClick or other options). Then you’ll see a list of guides for your device for that particular platform. After trying it out at home, if you need more guidance, ask our librarians at any information desk. Just be prepared for a bit of a wait, as we have longer lines than usual as we’re giving out summer reading prizes 🙂

Meanwhile I have a list of kids’ books I want to read, suggested by various children’s librarians in the Bay Area as “distinguished” books, including several titles that are just available this year.  Here are three of them…

alabamaGone Crazy in Alabama, by Rita Williams-Garcia (April 2015). She wrote the Newbery Honor winner, One Crazy Summer(2010), about three sisters (ages 11, 7 and 5) who spend the summer of 1968 in Oakland with their mom. They are enrolled in free breakfasts and peace day camp provided by the Black Panthers — where they learn about pride in their heritage, and learn how to stand up for themselves. They also learn that the family that loves them may not be related by blood — and some of the family that loves them most is back in Brooklyn. One summer later, the girls travel to the Deep South, to Alabama, to visit their paternal grandmother and great grandma. They learn about a slower lifestyle, a more polite way, but a place where small rivalries and grudges are held onto for decades. These girls may be the catalyst for reconciliation in their family — but they have a few things to learn from their aunties, as well!

The Imaginary, by A.F. Harrold (ill. Emily Gravett), March 2015. About the life of an imaginary friend — and what does he do when the girl who imagines him is fading away? An interesting existential question! (I’m intrigued to know more about the story A.F. Harrold will unfold to us) imaginarythe-honest-truth

The Honest Truth, by Dan Gemeinhart (January 2015), which is an adventure of a boy and his dog, surviving in nature. But the boy has a terminal diagnosis. He’s sick enough to need to go to the hospital for treatments. But before that happens, he wants to climb a mountain in Washington state. He uses ingenuity and creativity just to get himself and his dog out of the city. I can’t wait to see what happens next…

Whether you’re reading Harry Potter #1, or Percy Jackson for the first or fifth time — or trying something brand new — enjoy the summer for the opportunity to read something different, thought-provoking, or fun!

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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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Need a book  for class but the library’s closed?  Wish you had an audiobook to take with you on your vacation?  Well, stop in at the Fremont Main Library on Saturdays between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and learn how to download electronic books (eBooks) and electronic audiobooks (eAudiobooks) from the library’s website.  Bring your laptop, tablet, eReader, smartphone or mp3 player and see what works on your device.  You’ll find fiction, test books, IT books and much, much more all available 24/7 with your library card.  The collections contain eBooks and eAudiobooks for children, teens and adults and the  best part…it’s free, and no late fees!!

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ImageBy now you’ve heard about eBooks and how people everywhere are downloading electronic books onto their computers or eReaders.  Maybe you’re already an old pro at using eBooks.  But if you’re new to the scene and want to know what’s available at your library, you’re in luck.  The Alameda County Libraries have a great guide to help you understand how your computer or eReader works with the library’s eBook collections.

Head to our our eReaders Guide at guides.aclibrary.org/ereaders and click on a tab to see how you can download eBooks from the library’s collections onto your eReader (or future eReader).   If  you’re considering purchasing an eReader, you’ll find sources to help you compare the different devices.  Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook,  Sony, iPad,, Android etc., all these choices make my head hurt so this guide helps to clear the confusion.

To learn even more about  eBooks, keep April 7th open on your calendar and stop by the Fremont Main Library to walk through the DigitalBookmobile.  This is a great opportunity to see first hand how to download eBooks and a chance to walk around a truly unique Bookmobile.  Maybe I’ll see you there!

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Library eBooks for Kindle at Last!!!

Ever since I received a Kindle for my birthday, I’ve been waiting and waiting for library eBooks to be available for my eReader.  At long last Overdrive has made this possible.  Head to the library website and checkout or place your hold on an Overdrive eBook and download one for yourself.

Click on the Download image on the library’s homepage to start searching the Overdrive collection or enter through the eBooks & eAudiobooks link, also on the homepage.  Details on how to download onto your Kindle are available on the Overdrive help section but you’ll find additional help on how to transfer to your Kindle on the Amazon site as well.  At long last I can read the Dresden Files series without carrying the books around in my backpack.  That means I’ll have more room for my other library books!

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eBooks and the Elephant

Blind men and an elephant

Image via Wikipedia

The Blind Men and the Elephant –  John Godfrey Saxe

It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First approach’d the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
“God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -“Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me ’tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!”

The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a snake!”

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
“What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain,” quoth he,
“‘Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!”

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: “E’en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!”

The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
“I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant
Is very like a rope!”

And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong! 

From Linton, William James, (1878) Poetry of America: Selections from one hundred American poets from 1776 to 1876

Change is a constant at aclibrary.org.  Keeping up with the new choices and the new interface for online resources is a challenge. There is a lot going on and it is difficult to see the whole picture,

Please bear with us as we go though some growing pains with the new roll-outs and know that we are learning with you. If you get stuck along the way please let us know.

Today I would like to introduce you to one of our new eBook collections, EBSCOhost eBooks. In the not-too-distant future I’ll return to discuss other eBook options and eAudiobooks.


EBSCO Publishing recently purchased NetLibrary.  If you used to use NetLibrary to read eBooks, you will now use the EBSCOHost interface. Look for the red tab at the top of the page currently labeled EBSCO/NetLibrary.

(If you are looking for what used to be NetLibrary eAudiobooks, go to OneClick.)

           What is available in the EBSCOHost eBook collection?

  • Over 8,000 eBooks.
  • 7,537 of these can be downloaded to read offline or on a portable device.
  • Mostly Non-Fiction for children, teens and adults.
  • Fiction, Memoir and Biography comprise a small proportion of the collection.
  • CliffNotes
  • Business & Economics is the largest subject category.

 How to  get started:

  • Start on the library’s homepage and select the link for eBooks & eAudiobooks. This appears on the lower right side of the page under Using Your Library
  • Soon there will be links from the catalog to these books, but these titles have not been added yet.
  • Select EBSCOHost – there is link to this under Ebooks at ACL and under the EBSCO/NetLibrary tab.
  • Enter your library card number when prompted. When you select EBSCOHost (and other subscription databases via our website) you need to enter your library card number. The terminology varies from vendor to vendor. EBSCO asks for your Patron ID, other sites may ask for Barcode, Authentication, or Library Card Number.
  • Select eBook Collection. This is currently the first option on the list of EBSCO resources.
  • Click on the eBooks link. When the new page loads, look for the eBooks link which appears at the top left of the page in the purple tool bar. This link opens up the main page for locating eBooks.

Create an Account:

  • Select the Sign In link in the purple tool bar. The first time you go here you will Create a New “My EBSCOHost” Account.
  • Once you have an account you can download books, place holds, save your search history and more.

How to search:

 Download an EBook:

  • Downloading Instructions

  • You will need Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 or higher for offline viewing.
  • You can read the eBook on a portable device including a Sony Reader.
  • See Adobe Digital Editions Help for information on using the Sony Reader with Digital Editions.
  • “There’s an app for that.” iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users will want to download the EBSCO app

I love elephants, don’t you?

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Over the last few months, I haven’t had much time to sit down and read a book.  I’d like to think that I’ve been busy doing something important, but I don’t really think that’s the case.  Luckily for me the library offers free downloadable audiobooks from NetLibrary, so I can load my iPod and listen to a book wherever I go.  I’ve listened to tons of great books this way.   Plus,  NetLibrary offers me the option to download electronic books as well, so that I can also have a book at my fingertips 24/7.  Look for the eBooks & eAudiobooks link on our homepage and give it a try.

If you want to know more about using eBooks & eAudiobooks, join us for a free, live demonstration:

Topic:  eBooks & eAudiobooks @ Your Library
Place:  Fremont Main Library, vanDoorn Room
Date:  Saturday, April 2nd
Time:  2:00-3:30p.m.

Register by signing up at the Fremont Main Information Desk, or call 510-745-1401 or send me an Email through this blog and I’ll add you to our list.  Take your public library with you wherever you go and start now!

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The Alameda County Library system offers access to four different kinds of eBooks (books that can be read online) and two kinds of eAudiobooks (audiobooks that can be listened to online.) The ebooks that I get the most questions about are from Safari Tech Books, so here are a few tips to help you all access Safari.

Basically, this is the deal with Safari.

There are very limited number of remote access licenses for Safari that are shared throughout the county. Chances are, when you are trying to log in, there aren’t any licenses available as there are too many people using the system. (Sometimes this access issue is caused by a firewall problem on your computer, so you may want to check that as well. Further, sometimes Safari won’t run on the Safari browser. Ironic, no?)

Instead of clicking on the link to a particular book provided on the catalog, you might also try to access Safari more directly:

  • From www.aclibrary.org
  • Click on “eBooks & eAudiobooks” under “Using Your Library”
  • Click on Safari Tech Books Online
  • Type in your Library Card Number when the system asks for it.
  • Continue on to the Safari Page.
  • Look at the top right hand corner. If it does not say “Welcome, Alameda County Library Remote Access” then you will have to try back later as the system is too busy.

If all else fails, you should always be able to get into the system from inside the library.

I have managed to get in from home a few times, so I do know that it is possible. There is no special access code to enter, just keep checking back. Oh! And when you get in, never click “Logout” when you’re done. Just close the window or navigate away. I once did that on accident and it took me forever to get back on.

Clicking on a title from inside the catalog should also work, but sometimes coming in the other way makes a difference.

So, there you are. A few tips on accessing our Safari ebooks. I hope that it helps.

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