Useful tips can be found at the N.H. Downloadable Books blog, or by clicking on the HELP box at the top left corner of the N.H. Downloadable Books webpage.
New and improved apps and Overdrive software means you can download and use some or all of these free titles on almost any device or computer.
NEW! the library can lend you an audio book player or eBook reader: find out more HERE.
Audio book formats: See compatible device lists at Overdrive.com
- mp3 audio: can be used on almost any device that plays audio, including some ebook readers.
- WMA audio: will NOT work if using a Mac to transfer, and will not work on Nooks.
- Coming later in 2013? Streaming Audio.
eBook formats: (please note that some publishers currently limit or refuse to sell their titles for library lending, or charge much higher prices to libraries, especially for ebooks).
- Kindle ebooks for Kindle readers and Kindle apps. You will need an Amazon.com account. Amazon keeps information about your Kindle book borrowing habits. You can create an anonymous account for your library checkouts if you do not need to purchase ebooks. Ebooks in .mobi format are also available free at the Gutenberg Project (see below). Penguin titles MUST transfer via Computer.
- Adobe EPUB ebooks for non-Kindle ebook readers. You will need a free Adobe ID, and if using a PC for transfer, you must install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
- On some tablets, apps for both Kindle and EPUB formats are available. Both formats can be read on any windows PC computer. Some tablets (older Nook or simple Kindles) require transfer via computer even if you can see the book on the mobile web interface.
- OverDrive READ can be read on almost any device that has a regular web browser. If using Explorer, you will need to install the Google Chrome plug-in found on the site, for full functionality.
This blog post summarizes the difference between 3G and Wi-Fi – useful when trying to troubleshoot connectivity problems with Kindle Fire and Nook Color: http://www.pcworld.com/article/245601/solving_tech_mysteries_3g_vs_wifi_write_access_denied.html
Other Free Downloadable Books
Project Gutenberg offers free classics as unrestricted eBooks in many formats, at http://www.gutenberg.org/
“Free eBooks: The Ultimate Guide” http://www.freebooknotes.com/
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