Tablets and eReaders can be a gift that keeps on giving when you have a library card! The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) offers its members thousands of FREE eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eMovies to enjoy.
Choosing which eReader or tablet is best for you is a personal decision. While library staff cannot make specific model recommendations, they can suggest where to look for consumer and purchasing information, review and advice.
When it comes to deciding between an eReader and a tablet, here are some points to consider...
With an eReader, you will be able to enjoy eBooks from the ORL eBooks collection.
Some other things you will need to get started with the ORL eBooks collection include a computer or laptop, and an internet connection.
With newer Kobos (e.g., Elipsa, Sage, Libra 2, Clara 2E, or Nia), you can borrow most eBooks from the library right on the Kobo eReader itself using a Wi-Fi connection. There may be some library eBooks that need to be borrowed and downloaded from the ORL eBooks collection onto a computer and put onto the Kobo eReader using Adobe Digital Editions.
While many eReaders have Wi-Fi capabilities that let you access the internet and download purchased eBooks through their online stores, you will need to download the free Adobe Digital Editions software program to your computer, which is used to transfer eBooks downloaded from the library onto your computer to your eReader. This is due to limitations that publishers have set on how library eBooks files are managed.
Kindle eReaders (e.g. Paperwhite, Oasis) are not compatible with borrowing public library eBooks.
With a tablet, you can enjoy more of the library's online collections besides eBooks – you can directly download or stream (i.e., play the content on your internet browser) eAudiobook, eMagazines, and eMovies to the tablet over a wireless internet connection.
Most popular tablets that are running current software can work with most or all ORL digital collections! In general, these include iPads, Android tablets, & Amazon Fire tablets.
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