April 2015

eBranch · For Kids

Enjoy thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks and online video storybooks just for kids!

Ebooks and eAudiobooks Service Comparison Chart

Details Overdrive for Kids Scholastic BookFlix TumbleBooks
What kind of materials are in the collection? Adobe EPUB, Kindle, PDF, and Overdrive READ eBooks. Unabridged and abridged MP3 and WMA audiobooks. Streaming versions of classic storybooks paired with related nonfiction titles. Animated talking picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, French and Spanish books, math stories, educational games and puzzles, and National Geographic videos.
Is special software needed to read the eBooks on my computer? Adobe Digital Editions is needed to download EPUB titles. Overdrive READ titles are read in a web browser. Adobe Flash is needed to view the book animation and hear the narration. Adobe Flash is needed to view the book animation and hear the narration.
Is special software needed to listen to the audiobooks to my computer? Yes, the Overdrive desktop app. Adobe Flash is needed to view the book animation and hear the narration. Adobe Flash is needed to view the book animation and hear the narration.
Are apps available for my mobile device? Yes, the Overdrive app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire/HD, Nook Color/Tablet, and Windows 8 devices No, Scholastic BookFlix titles can only be viewed in your computer, tablet or smartphone web browser. No, TumbleBooks titles can only be viewed in your computer, tablet or smartphone web browser.
What devices are compatible with the collections? A list of supported devices is available here. Internet-enabled computers, smartphones, or tablets with a web browser. Internet-enabled computers, smartphones, or tablets with a web browser.
Will I need my library card?* Yes and your PIN . Your card must be in good standing. Yes and your PIN . Yes and your PIN .
How many titles can be checked out at a time? 40 Unlimited checkouts Unlimited checkouts
How long is the loan period? 7, 14, or 21 days No due dates; you can keep the books as long you'd like. No due dates; you can keep the books as long you'd like.
Can I place holds on titles? If a title is checked out, you must put your name on a waiting list for it. Scholastic BookFlix titles are always available; you don't have to place holds on them. TumbleBooks titles are always available; you don't have to place holds on them.
Can titles be renewed? Titles can renewed once during the original checkout period if no one else is on the waiting list. No due dates so you can keep the books as long you'd like No due dates so you can keep the books as long you'd like
Can I accumulate overdue fines? No overdue fines: the titles never expire. No overdue fines: the titles never expire. No overdue fines: the titles never expire.
Can I burn the audiobooks to CD? Yes, many can be burned to CD No No
What if I have technical questions or problems? See the Help section of the Overdrive website. You can also contact the Library's Virtual Information Center by phone (513-369-6900) or Email. See the Help section of the Scholastic BookFlix website. You can also contact the Library's Virtual Information Center by phone (513-369-6900) or Email. See the Help section of the TumbleBooks website. You can also contact the Library's Virtual Information Center by phone (513-369-6900) or Email.

*The Library now offers "downloadable only" library cards.