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Digital Editions and the public library
#291  Shopaholic 12-13-2011, 02:35 PM
Bear100 - the answer to much of that also depends on what country you're in. As to lending to others, not really because of the DRM. Can't do that. That's a downside to ebooks unless you remove the DRM and then you're messing around with copyright infringement if you make copies of the file to give to others. Not a good thing.
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#292  Bear 100 12-13-2011, 02:37 PM
Quote John F
Philadelphia Free Library:

http://libwww.freelibrary.org/register/getcard1.cfm

If you do search on this sight, you should find a lot of positive comments.
Thanks for the quick reply, applied for Philadelphia. Even with the Philadelphia library, access is limited to several thousand books versus the huge physical selection. I had thought that e-Books were more prevalent.

I also noticed an interesting trend:
- Classics are widely available
- Newly released publications are both book and e-book format
- Some authors have their entire set of publications as e-book
- BUT publications that are more 10 to 15 years old but not yet classics or written by authors that not aggressive with e versions; are to a large extent not available.

Any other places to try?
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#293  DaleDe 12-13-2011, 11:18 PM
Check our wiki. It has all sort of things about various Libraries and how to subscribe to some when they are not local. http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_Lending_Libraries
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#294  AdamGott 02-06-2012, 10:41 PM
Miracle time in Idaho! Our local library is now on Overdrive! There were three things that I thought we would NEVER get - HDTV, 40 degree weather in January, and overdrive and now we have them all...
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#295  anabolina 02-10-2012, 10:53 PM
My sister's going to school in Idaho and was talking about the unseasonable weather. I may have laughed at her.

Anyway, congrats about Overdrive in your town. Just remember, it's good to be vocal about how much you like it so maybe they will try to commit even more resources to it next year.

FYI peeps, they're offering overdrive in Mesquite, TX. I think that anyone who lives in the State of Texas is eligible to get a library card and it's good for 3 years. The thing is that I think you also need to physically go to the library to get it. I'm going to see about getting cards for the grandparents tomorrow and will see how that goes.
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#296  luvduchovny 02-14-2012, 01:56 PM
They finally added Overdrive for libraries in Austin Texas. (FINALLY... before the nearest library listed was in San Antonio). You do have to have a library card for at least one branch of the APL. Getting a card is easy and free but you do need to show up with the form filled out (you can download that from online) and proof that you live in town (drivers license generally does the trick). Once you have a card (which you get the same day you turn up with the paperwork) you can go online and set up an account there and check out books instantly that way.
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#297  pholy 02-17-2012, 07:53 PM
Oh - you mean 40° Farenheit - you almost had me there. We've had 8° C (46° F) twice this February in Toronto - which looks to be about the same as Iowa's northern border. It's sure not a typical winter anywhere, I guess. Better this than in Europe, though.
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#298  bla 02-29-2012, 05:20 PM
One thing I noticed was that the little clock icon with the days lending period does not show when you look at your library book book in a collection list , it only shows up in the main books list.. a pity because I created a collection called Library thinking it would allow me to manage the library books better" foiled by Sony again!!!!) lol
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#299  LuvReadin 03-06-2012, 01:27 PM
Quote bbusybookworm
I've checked around, but haven't yet found a library in the UK that supports e-books (and yes, i've checked overdrive).

But I figure, part of the problem was the unavailability of a dedicated e-book reader until recently. And Library's' are run by local council's =Government =Glacier slow

There are over 60 now. Many of them are listed in this thread: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=120523

Bear in mind that if Kindles don't work with UK libraries, but as you're posting in a Sony forum, I imagine that won't be a problem!
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#300  DoctorM 05-11-2015, 01:32 AM
Apologies if this has been asked an answered, but my poor attempts at searching didn't help.

I recently purchased a PRS-T1 and updated the firmware. When I select the 'Public Library' app it takes me to Overdrive (instead of working how Sony claims)... and the page is generally crap. To access my local site from there requires a search for my area, selecting a branch on a buggy map, blah blah blah. EVERY. TIME.

The point being my library system is Overdrive based, but frankly it was easier just to type in the URL manually and then bookmark it.

Is it possible to edit the URL associated with the "Public Library" app button to something more useful or am I stuck just going to the browser and pulling my bookmark?
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