Wednesday, November 30, 2016

E-Books, Audiobooks, & E-Magazines

headphones and smart device
My sister's friend once said to her, "Wouldn't it be great if the library had e-books that you could check out and they would return themselves at the end of the checkout so that you didn't have any fines?" My sister, knowing me who has worked for MCPL for the past 10 years, immediately replied, "They do!"

Not only do we have free and popular e-books, but we also have audiobooks and e-magazines that you can check out digitally. You can access these items from wherever you are and the items return themselves at the end of their checkout. No fines or fees to worry about. Speaking as someone who also uses these services, they are awesome!

We have two e-book services that have downloadable fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens, and children. These services are 3M Cloud Library and Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium/OverDrive. Both have apps that you can download to your smart phones and tablets to connect directly to great titles. Have a look to find your favorite titles that you've been wanting to read!

parents reading to child on tablet
If you are looking for children's books, you should also try Tumblebooks. It is an online collection of animated, talking picture books. It includes story books, chapter books, nonfiction, videos, and more. You read them within your browser as they are not downloadable.

If you like e-books on information technology, computing, and business, have a look at Safari Books Online. It contains the complete content of over 8000 books, with charts, graphics, and cut-and-paste code segments. Like Tumblebooks, the books in Safari are not downloadable. They're designed to be read from within your browser.

blue headphones
Enjoying listening to books or don't have enough time to sit down and read? Audiobooks are a great choice! I often am reading one book (and another for my book club!) and listening an audiobook while I do chores like folding the laundry. We have two audiobook services, Maryland's Digital eLibrary Consortium/OverDrive and OneClickDigital. Both services offer apps that you can download to your smart phone and tablets. Have a look to find stories that will sweep you up into the tale!
magazine covers - read digital magazines


Love reading magazines but hate paying a subscription fee? We can help you save 100%! We have two e-magazine services with popular titles for all ages, both current and back issues. They are Flipster and Zinio.

Flipster has many popular titles including -
  • Businessweek  
  • Ebony 
  • Entertainment Weekly 
  • Fortune
  • Ladybug 
  • People 
  • Ranger Rick 
  • Rolling Stone
  • Time and many more
Zinio has many other popular titles including -
  • Cosmopolitan 
  • The Economist 
  • Food Network Magazine 
  • Kiplinger's Personal Finance 
  • National Geographic 
  • Newsweek 
  • The Oprah Magazine
  • Smithsonian 
  • Us Weekly and more. 

Have a look at at our many other e-magazines offerings as well.

Consumer Help
customersYou may already own a smart phone or tablet to read or listen to these great e-books, audiobooks, and e-magazines. But if you don't, or you are looking to purchase one as a gift, we've got information to help you make the best choice. We have access to Consumer Reports articles where you can find expert ratings for many consumer products.

Whether you are traveling near or far this month, or staying home, you have access to a wealth of e-books, audiobooks, and e-magazines that can come directly to you.  Get started today! All you need is your device and a library card. Happy reading and listening!

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