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March 2010

What’s New · Ohio eBook Project: Downloadable audiobooks and ebooks

Thinking about buying a Nook or a Sony Reader? Wondering whether or not you can download ebooks to your iPhone or Blackberry? Or maybe all the recent stories in the media about the ebook revolution have piqued your interest in the format?

Why not take some time to explore the Ohio eBook Project, one of the Library's collections of digital material? The Ohio eBook Project includes thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles from bestselling authors and well-known publishers, as well as a selection of downloadable videos and music. Titles can be downloaded 24/7 from the comfort of home—all you need is your library card number and PIN!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Ohio eBook Project

I've never downloaded an ebook from the Ohio eBook Project before. 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 for new users is the “New to Digital Media” link on their homepage. This guide has information about downloading the free reader software, and walks you through the process of checking out titles and managing your account. A “Digital Media Guided Tour” is also available.
What devices are compatible with books from the Ohio eBook Project?
The ebooks and audiobooks can be downloaded to your desktop or laptop, and transferred to a wide variety of portable devices, including cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones, iPods, MP3 players, etc. The Adobe EPUB and PDF ebooks are compatible with the Nook and Sony Reader. However, only books purchased from Amazon can be downloaded to the Kindle. Lists of supported audio/video and ebook devices are available on their website.
How do I search for digital books?
Browse for titles in the Ohio eBook Project website. You'll also find records for each Ohio eBook Project title in our catalog.
How many digital books can be checked out at one time?
Up to 10 titles. Once you’ve reached this limit, you will not be able to check out any additional titles until the license for a downloaded book has expired.
Can I renew eBooks or digital audiobooks?
Titles can be downloaded again if copies are available when your checkout expires.
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.
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, iPod 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.
Can I burn a title to a CD?
Yes, some of the titles can be burned to CD. Additional information about burning audiobooks to CD is available in the Ohio eBook Project help pages.
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!