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--- Quote from: jpcher on December 02, 2012, 01:38:59 PM ---New question -- Nook & Libraries

Stupid because I've had my Nook for almost a year and I should know the answer (but I prefer to buy instead of borrow.) I've looked at the B&N website and can't find out how to do this.

How do you borrow books from the library on your Nook?

Does it have to be a local library?

I'm thinking about getting a Nook for my mother for Xmas and she lives in very-small-town-USA. Does her town library need to have this function available (unlikely) or can she borrow books from any library?

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Overdrive is the "big" e-book lending library.  If your mom's library is smaller, it might belong to a co-op that does Overdrive or another e-book lender.

If you want to PM me her library, I can look it up using a couple different sources.

(Reference librarian here, so I deal with e-books on a regular basis.)

Most of the Classics are free. I have Moby wingadingdingy, Dracula, Jane Eyre among others ready to go! I have read many Burroughs and Burnette books for free. Haven't looked for Heinline or Clark yet.

Many current books are free. I often download something from a new author (with cellphones and computers being important to the plot)  and end up buying later books for $3-$10.  (I have Kindle for iPad. Daughter-In-Law tells me the same for Nook) I have found that the free current authors are a lot better quality and with fewer typos than occured 2 years ago. Cool! Thank you, authors!

Just a thought. I've never borrowed from our library with OverDrive because I don't want to be limited to two weeks. Some days I can read a book of 300 pages, and then it may take me 3 weeks to read an 200 page book.

My daughter-in-law has a Nook and find the same experience.

If you have the time to help your mom, that is a wonderful gift.

It can vary according to the library. My library uses adobe digital editions.(epub). it's good as there are lots of e-books in that format out there for free too.

p.s here's a strange thing about my library is that it's downloadable collection is shared by a library system 2 states away.

I have found that sharing my library helps defray costs - my mom, grandfather, partner and I all share one library, so we only buy once. I'm sort of the default 'curator' and buyer of most things, but mom has bought one or two, and grandfather has, too. Nook (like most e-book providers) has lots of free content available, and she can also use Project Gutenberg for public domain stuff.

I wish my MIL would let us buy her one - she's mostly blind, but if she has it on the largest text size, she can read. My grandfather (in his 70s, but really healthy) has said the small size of the nook simple touch he got has made it possible for him to read for long periods again - he used to get arm pain from holding the large hardbacks he likes to read, since they are large enough print to be easy to read.


--- Quote from: Luci45 on December 02, 2012, 07:28:13 PM ---I've never borrowed from our library with OverDrive because I don't want to be limited to two weeks. Some days I can read a book of 300 pages, and then it may take me 3 weeks to read an 200 page book.

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If you haven't looked into the specifics of your library's rules, my local library also uses OverDrive. I can check books out for 7, 14, or 21 days. It isn't really possible to check things out again in quick succession (like renewing regular books), but I can usually finish what I've checked out in the timeframe I'm given unless I've just lost all interest in reading it. And in that case, I'm usually happy to just return it and check it out some other time when I'm more in the mood to read it.


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