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E-books. It’s all so techinological!

January 1, 2014

ebooksEbooks can be a wonderful thing – they have a place beside regular paper based books.  But if you’ve just got a new ebook reader, or tablet, you might not know how to use our free library electronic books, also known as ebooks.

They are downloaded to your device for a loan period of 3 weeks (you can return them earlier) and are free.  Most devices can be used. After the loan period, you will not be able to open the book anymore, and it will automatically return itself. Not all books are available via ebook of course, depending on their publisher.

To get started using library ebooks, the first step is to ensure that you have a password set up on your library membership.

I need to set up a password for the first time:

First, you need to open a separate tab to the library catalogue. At the top right, of that screen, click Login.  Enter your User Name (library card membership number, from underneath the barcode on your card) – remember that any Os in the number are actually zeros.

Underneath the box, click the red “Forgotten your password” and follow through.  Our system will email you a link to reset the password, if we have your email address on file.  If we don’t have your email address or it’s the wrong address, you’ll need to ask your local library to add your email address to your record before proceeding any further. When you get the email, use it to set a password.

I have a password already but have forgotten it:

Follow the above steps to have a reset link emailed to you.  Please note that if you change your password – or have created a brand new one – this new password will not work with the ebook sites for up to an hour, as it takes a while for them to upload, but it will work with the library catalogue straight away.  Passwords are case sensitive.

I’ve got a password – how do I get to the ebook portal?

There are two ways.  Method One: use either the Libby app, or the ePlatform app, downloaded from your app store.

Method Two: go to our library website, and click on the ePukapuka/Libby link, or the Wheelers ePlatform link, on the homepage.

First time ebook user? How do I set up my device?

Initially, you need to check that your device has the necessary software on it, to support ebooks. If this is the first time you’re using it for this purpose, click on the Getting Started button or the Help button in the ebook portal, which is on the first page you see when you log in. You may also like to check this website. And don’t forget that you can always Google for help with your particular device, or look at the instruction booklet – and if you get really stuck, bring your device into the library and we’ll be happy to get you started.

How do I log into the ebook portal?

In the ebook portal, click on Sign In on the upper right hand side.  Enter your same User Name (library card number) and the same password you use in the library catalogue.

NOTE: if your library card has expired, the ebook site will not recognise it. Contact your local library to see about reinstatement.

What about non-library ebooks?

There are plenty of websites around that offer ebooks; very old or classic titles may be offered free, but most require some form of payment ranging from $1 to $20.  Once you have purchased an ebook, it will remain on your device.

Still too confusing?

Your librarians are here to help you – feel free to bring your ebook device in with you next visit, and we’ll do our best to help you get started.

– Natalie

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