Thinking of buying an ereader or tablet for the book lover on your holiday shopping list? Now's a great time to buy! When it comes to picking the right device, the choices can be overwhelming. To take some of the confusion out of your shopping experience, here are a few questions customers have been asking our staff:
Can I download library books to an ereader or tablet?
Absolutely! Our Downloadables Collection includes thousands of ebooks and audiobooks from bestselling authors. And the best part? Downloadable titles are available 24/7! No late fees!
What kind of devices are compatible with the Library’s downloadables collection?
Well-known names include the iPad, Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Nexus, Kobo, and more!
What kind of ereader or tablet should I buy?
There are a number of factors to consider, including battery life, weight/size, and whether or not you need web access. We've put together an ereader and tablet comparison guide that identifies some popular devices that are compatible with the Library's downloadable services. Here are some other useful buyer’s guides:
- E-book Reader Buying Guide (Consumer Reports)
- E-Readers Reviews of the Kindle, Nook and other E-Readers (PC World)
- Tablets and E-Book Readers Holiday Gift Guide (CNET)
- What's New in Digital Readers (Publishers Weekly)
What about smartphones?
Absolutely! Our downloadable ebooks and audiobooks can be downloaded to iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows devices.
How can I get some hands-on experience with these devices?
All library locations have a variety of devices (iPads, Nooks, and Kindles) on hand. Stop by and take one for a test drive!
I’ve never downloaded a Library book before. How do I get started?
What if I have technical questions or problems?
Contact your local branch or the Library's Virtual Information Center by phone (513-369-6900) or email and our staff will be happy to assist you!