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What´s New with Downloadables? (Ebooks and Social Networking Features)

November 4, 2009 by Reader's Connection

On our homepage´s lower left, there used to be a link that said Downloadable Audiobooks. You may have noticed that we´ve e-transmogrified it.




Now it just says Downloadables. We had to make the change because ebooks have become available at that site, in addition to the audiobooks. These ebooks can be read on Sony Readers. They can’t be read on a Kindle. If you happen to know whether they can be read on one of the new Barnes & Noble Nooks, please leave us a comment to that effect.


No, you can't click here and download the software. SorryGo to the Downloadables site for instructions. You’ll have to download the Adobe Digital Editions software.


Features have been expanded to accomodate ebooks. Back in May, for example, I did a posting about your new ability to change your checkout period. Now, if you go to My eAccount, log in, and select Lending Periods from the menu, you’ll see that a lending period field for ebooks has been added.  


 Again, you’ll need to go to the Downloadables page to read all the instructions.

So what was I saying about social networking features?

I haven’t completely recovered from our library’s Month of Mysteries, so I’m going to select Mystery & Thriller from the eBook Fiction menu. (The networking features are available for both the audiobooks and the ebooks.)


I’ll choose the Dick Francis title, 10 lb Penalty, from the list. When I’ve opened the record (by clicking on the title or the cover art) I’m given the choice to go to Facebook or Twitter, or to send an email. I’m going to select Email a friend . . .


. . . and write my email and send it.


And my friend receives an email, complete with a link that will take him or her to the title I’ve chosen.received

Facebook and Twitter users will be able to use those sites to spread the word about books they’ve enjoyed.




Check out our enhanced Downloadables site. I hope you find something that you’d like to share with someone.