Does everyone know about the e-books and audiobooks that you can download from our website with a library card? If this is news to you–if you just got an e-reader as a gift–and you’re interested, you can click on the earphoned guy on the left and be taken to some questions and answers about how to go about it.
The answer to Question 1 on that list is a biggie–it tells you how to find the directions for downloading materials to your device.
But there are a few other answers I’d like to mention.
Number 2, for example. Can I use the web catalog instead of OverDrive to do my searching?
A: You can. But not all the downloadable content appears in the web catalog, and everything you find on Overdrive is circulated through that site. If the OverDrive browsing is driving you crazy, be aware that the site includes an Advanced Search.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a tragic case. This is one of our most popular downloadable e-books at the moment, but if you search for that title in our regular catalog, you find only the paper copy.
There are lots of books that the library has only on paper, but this isn’t one of them. To find the e-copies, you can go to our downloadables site at http://ecollection.imcpl.org/, and do an Advanced Search for your title.
The cover art for Miss Peregrine above takes you to the ebook versions, but an audiobook version is available, too.
At the moment, you would need to place a hold request on this title. If Miss Peregrine’s unavailability confuses you, please refer to Question 18.
If it is electronic, why aren’t titles always available for checkout?
A: The Overdrive ebooks and the ebooks from EBSCOhost are purchased by the library. The publishers of these ebooks and the vendors who sell them are working on a print-book model. They want us to buy multiple copies if we intend to circulate them to different users at the same time.
When you’ve opened up the e-book’s full record in the catalog . . .
click where it says “Full text” . . .
. . . and you’ll be taken to the book’s record on the downloadables page. We may change that “Full text” language to something more recognizable.
So look the list of questions & answers over.