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National Book Awards 2011

The National Book Awards 2011 will be webcast live from New York City on Wednesday, November 16 at 8:00 PM. Actor, author, and musician John Lithgow will host this year's award ceremony. No registration necessary. Check the National Book Foundation's website for more information.

Hot eBook/eAudio Titles

Want to download Janet Evanovich's Explosive Eighteen? Lee Child's The Affair? Jeanne Darst's Fiction Ruined My Family? We have them right now on our eBook website. All you need to do is log in with your CPL card number before you search. Logging in first opens up complete access to our OverDrive Advantage collection where these new hot titles reside.

How to get library eBooks on the Amazon Kindle

KindleWatch this 4-minute video on How to get library eBooks on the Amazon® Kindle. It walks you through the entire process of browsing, checking out and getting a library eBooks for Kindle. It's fun and easy!

Kindle eBooks Now Available

Rejoice, Kindle users!
OverDrive, our library eBook Vendor, has just launched the long-awaited Kindle compatibility initiative. This means all Kindle users will be able to check out OverDrive eBooks and read them on either their Kindle device or other devices using the Kindle apps. When you check out a Kindle book, the "Get for Kindle" link will prompt you to login to your Amazon account. Specific help page is available to walk you through the process.

Log in to our OverDrive eBook site with your CPL card number to get started.

NetLibrary Has a New Name

NetLibrary has a new name, a new look, and a new owner! It is now known as EBSCOhost: eBook Collection! This great collection of mostly non-ficion eBooks are of great value to people who look for quick information online. Instead of downloading, simply view books on your computer. All previous NetLibrary accounts are no longer valid. Now, simply go to our eBook page link and use your CPL card number to access.

New ePub Titles for Download

Log in to your account at CPL's eBook site before searching! This enables you to check out titles from the Advantage Collection. This collection was purchased for the Canton cardholders exclusively, thus the waiting list is much shorter or non-existent. Can't wait to get your hands on Lisa See's Dreams of Joy, or John Sandford's Buried Prey? Try downloading an ePub copy now!

eBook Basics

Want to find out what library eBooks are all about? Are you perplexed by the number of eReaders on the market and wonder how they would work with the library eBooks? Come join us for this eBook Basics class to be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:00AM. Registration is open now.

OverDrive’s BlackBerry App Now Supports ePub eBooks!

Blackberry owners, rejoice! OverDrive's new app supports direct ePub eBook downloads to your device. The OverDrive Media Console for BlackBerry v2.1 includes a “Get Books” feature so that you can easily find your library. From there, you can browse the mobile version of your Virtual Branch website, check out an ePub eBook or MP3 audiobook with your CPL library card, and download the title directly to your Blackberry.

Interested in eBooks?

If you missed the fun at the eReader program, don't worry! There's now a Google Group where we can keep the discussion of eBooks going:

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We will post the presentation from Monday's program to the group on Wednesday, April 27, at 1:00PM, so join by then to check out awesome slides like this:

eReader Users Meeting

Don't have an eBook reader but want to learn more about them? Did you get a reader during the holidays and want to learn to put library books on it? Join Brad and Ophelia on Monday, April 25th from 7:00-8:30PM for the first open, no-registration-required eReader Users Meeting.

During this program we'll:
  • Look at library-compatible devices on the market
  • Show how to load library eBooks on your device
  • Check out public domain and other free books online
  • Explore some tips & tricks for your iPad or iPhone
  • Try out some devices at our open demo table
  • Have a Q&A and discussion of all things eBook
  • Keep the discussion going with an email group
If you're interested in eBooks and the future of reading, we hope to see you there!

OverDrive Media Console on iPad

Rejoice, all iPad users! Our eBook supplier OverDrive has just released a free app for iPhone®/iPad® v2.2

iPad users will now enjoy custom designed graphics whether they are reading an ePub eBook, listening to an MP3 audiobook, or browsing the OverDrive Media Console Library. The app supports landscape and portrait orientation. A new calendar icon displays the number of days left until the title expires.

The free app can be installed on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch® devices running iOS (v4.0 or newer). The updated app is available from:

OverDrive App for iPhone & Android Now Supports eBooks

With the free OverDrive Media Console app for iPhone, iPod Touch and Android, you can download both ePub eBooks and MP3 audiobooks directly to your device.
  • Combines eBooks and audiobooks into a single app
  • Enables over-the-air downloading
  • Streamlines the browse, checkout, and download experience on your phone
Go to your Apple store or Android Market under apps for Books & Reference to find the free app and download library books on the go!

Make Your Own eBooks

Here's a fairly-quick way to turn websites, Microsoft Word documents, and plain text files into eBooks for your portable device or computer:
  1. Go to ebook.online-convert.com and select "Convert text to the ePub ebook format"
  2. Select the file from your computer, or copy/paste the URL of the file into the applicable form field
  3. Set the optional settings to reflect the title and author of the work
  4. Click "Convert File" to begin processing
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to download the converted file
  6. Transfer to your reading device per the specific device's instructions
I personally use an iPhone with the iBooks app. Loading a "book" onto my phone was as easy as emailing the file to myself and tapping the attached file from the Mail app.

Many readers also display PDF files. If you wish to read long-form content from your computer on your reader device, PDF print utilities like PDF reDirect for Windows or the built-in functionality on the Mac can provide a quick and compatible way to create eReader files.

Library Compatible eBook Readers

Here is a handy cheatsheet of devices and computers that are currently compatible with CPL's DRM-protected eBook collection. Installation of the free Adobe® Digital Editions is necessary before downloading titles.

Enjoy Project Gutenberg eBooks Today!

Choose from over 15,000 free public domain titles selected by OverDrive from Project Gutenberg, and mounted on the library's eBook Collection page. These titles never expire and won't count against your library checkout limit! They are for the use of any one with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Our page includes tips on using these files with Adobe Digital Editions.

Read eBooks on Your Smart Phone Today!

Download OverDrive Media Console v2.0 for Android or iPhone today! This newly released app enables you to download and enjoy EPUB eBooks in addition to the MP3 audiobooks. Downloads can be done directly to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android phone/tablet.

Smart Shopping for an eBook Reader

Looking to buy an eBook reader for someone for Christmas? If you are interested in a device that is compatible with the library's free eBook collection, don't forget to check this list before shopping. A compatible device will allow you to check out and download free titles by using your Canton Library card. Our eBooks are available in ePub, Adobe PDF, and Mobipocket formats.

eBook & Audiobook Survey

We want a moment of your attention please! From Nov. 16-30, we are conducting a survey to learn more about whether you read eBooks and listen to audiobooks, and if so, what your preferences are. This survey is available online from our home page. You can also find a paper copy in the audiobook section and the Adult Reference desk in the library.

Downloadable Titles Just for You! An OverDrive Advantage!

We have purchased extra copies of some of the most popular downloadable titles and added them to the library's eBook page. Log in to your account before searching, you'll see, e.g., Ken Follett's new, unabridged audiobook Fall of Giants with the Advantage icon. Your Canton Library card will allow you check out or wait for this copy.

Check It Out Or Click It Out

When looking to check out a book, remember that in addition to traditional print and audiobook formats, the title you are looking for might be available in downloadable formats as well. Go to CPL's eBook website to click out a copy today!