February 2006

Digital Books

Digital books (ebooks and downloadable audiobooks) are available to our customers through the Ohio eBook Project. This is a collaborative project supported by the State Library of Ohio, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and other public, school, academic, and special libraries.

Accessing Digital Books Through Our Website

Frequently-Asked-Questions About Digital Books

What is a digital book?

It’s a digital version of a print title that can be downloaded to your PC, laptop, PDA, smartphone, or MP3 player. To read or listen to digital books, you need to install the free reader (Adobe Reader, Mobipocket, and OverDrive Media Console) software. Once you’ve done that, you can enjoy digital books without being connected to the Internet.

Sounds great, now how do I get started?

It’s easy! Step-by-step directions for working with digital books are available on the Ohio eBook Project website. A good starting point is the “New to Digital Books?” link. This Digital Books Quick Start Guide has information about downloading and registering the free reader software, and guides you through the process of checking out titles and working with your account.

Is there any charge for using this service?

No, all you need is your library card number and PIN.

What kind of titles are available?

The Ohio eBook Project website includes bestsellers, classics, fiction, and nonfiction from popular authors and well-known publishers. A selection of titles for teens and children is also available.

How many digital books can be checked out at one time?

Up to 10 titles.

How long can I keep it?

The loan period for most digital books is 14 days.

Can I renew eBooks or digital audiobooks?

No, you have to check them out again.

Once the book is due, how do I return it?

It isn’t necessary for you to return digital books. On the due date, the title is automatically returned. The digital file will remain on your computer, MP3 player, etc. but it will no longer be readable.

Can I accumulate overdue fines?

Because the titles are automatically returned, you will never be charged overdue fees.

What happens if a title I’m interested in is checked to someone else?

You can place a hold on the book. When it becomes available, you will be notified by email that it’s ready to be downloaded/checked out. Please note, holds for digital books will not be listed when you “Review Your Account” in the Catalog. Holds on digital books can be reviewed in the “My Digital Account” section of the Ohio eBooks site.

Can I listen to the digital audiobooks on my iPod?

No, you cannot download audiobooks to an iPod. Audiobooks are only available in Windows Media format. Please refer to “Digital Books Basics (Audio Books)” for more detailed information about downloading digital audiobooks.

What happens if I have a question/problem working with digital books?

Extensive help pages are available on the Ohio eBook Project website. Or you can email us.