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The library offers a range of digital download (ebooks and audiobooks) options. Training is available at the library if you need help getting started. Call the library at 231.352.4671 to schedule a training session.
Overdrive: Up North Digital Collection
Ebooks and Audiobooks available through OverDrive. Download these titles to your home computer for enjoyment, or transfer them to a portable device (Kindle, eReader, Nook, mp3 player, etc.). To get started, visit the quick start guide.
Download instructions for most devices:
iPad, iPad mini, & iPhone, and iTouch Instructions
Kindle Fire Instructions
Install the Overdrive Medial Console onto your NOOK Color, Tablet, HD, or HD+ Nook Tablet Instructions
Download classic titles and borrow modern titles for free from Open Library. You can borrow up to 5 titles for 2 weeks each, either in-browser or as a PDF or ePub.
Bookbub is a free email newsletter that keeps you updated about deeply discounted and free digital books. You choose the types of books you'd like to get notified about -- with categories ranging from mysteries to cookbooks -- and bookbub sends the best deals in those genres to your inbox. You must create a free account to use this service.
An accessible online library for people with print disabilities. Free for those who qualify.
Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.
eBooks through MeL
The Library of Michigan has made approximately 25,000 electronic books (eBooks) available to the people of Michigan through the Web site www.mel.org on the EBSCO database. These are available through the Internet and do not require a special eBook reader device. There are mainly reference books; however, hundreds of classics are also available. Many reference books are too expensive for small libraries to purchase, but are now available via eBooks. Access to eBooks is available at the Library or from your home once you have set up an access account using a Michigan driver's license. All eBook texts are keyword searchable. Please note that this database requires a Michigan driver's license when not accessing this site at the library.
Digital Colletion FAQs
Q: What hours are eBooks and eMusic available?
A: These are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Q: What do I need to use downloadable eBooks and eMusic?
A: A: Depends on what type of device you have. Most tablets and phones have and Overdrive app that will download books directly to your device. Other devices require you download to a computer first and then transfer books to your device. Whether you are downloading directly to your device or to your computer, you will need a Benzie Shores District Library card. Download the instructions above for help.
Q: How many downloadable items can I borrow?
A: You can check out up to 5 titles from Overdrive at one time.
Q: How long can I keep eBooks on my computer?
A: Most Overdrive books and music can be kept for 14 days (some only 7). After that, the software "returns" the items so that it can no longer be read or listened to. Items may still be on your device, but you will no longer be able to listen/view them after the expiration date.
Q: Can I place holds on Overdrive titles?
A: You may place up to 7 holds on Overdrive titles at any time. You will be notified by email when the title becomes available to borrow.
Q: Can I copy eBooks and eMusic to other devices?
A: Depending on the digital rights to individual titles, you may transfer Overdrive titles to a portable device, such as an MP3 player or iPod/iPhone when compatible. Some titles can be copied to CD for personal use, using Windows Media Player.
Q: Can I download ebooks to Library computers?
A:ebooks and audiobooks may not be downloaded to Library computers.
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