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December 20, 2013

Adobe Digital Editions

If you're having problems with your Adobe ID when using Adobe Digital Editions to check out books from our virtual branch, please contact us. We'll be happy to assist you!

August 31, 2013

Enjoy eBooks & more with the all-new OverDrive Media Console v3.0!

Reading eBooks from our virtual branch is now easier than ever. The app to enjoy digital titles on your mobile device, OverDrive Media Console (OMC), has been completely redesigned with ease of use top of mind. Some highlighted features include:


·A redesigned user interface with an all-new look, streamlined navigation, and a one-stop reorganized menu.
·Sync bookmarks and reading progress across multiple devices using a free, opt-in registration service called OverDrive One.
·
Variable speed playback for iOS. Audiobook users’ most requested feature.


System Requirements: OMC v3.0 for Android users requires Android OS v4.0 (or newer). OMC for Android v2.6.5 will remain available for download. OMC for iOS requires iOS 6 (or newer).

If you already have OverDrive Media Console installed on your device, you will be prompted to update, or it will happen automatically depending on your device settings. To install OverDrive Media Console, or for more information, visit http://omc.overdrive.com. Happy reading!

July 13, 2013

More eReaders Available!

Five new eReaders are ready to be checked out! These include Kindle Fire, Kindle DX, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard and Google Nexus 7.  

Brochures and instructions are available at the circulation desk.

 

June 08, 2013

OverDrive App Update

OverDrive has released an update for their OverDrive Media Console (OMC) App for  iOS (Apple) and Android users.


For Apple users, this update includes enhancements to improve the speed of the in-app browser and bug fixes.

Users will need to reauthorize their Adobe ID. This is due to a change in Apple's privacy settings. Clicking ‘Sign In’ will show the ‘Adobe Authorization’ screen. The deauthorized Adobe ID is pre-populated, so the user will only need to enter the password. The ‘Forgot password?’ link will be available.

Audiobook users will be unaffected unless they have only downloaded part of their audiobook. In that case, users will need to re-download their title.


For Android users, this update will fix bug issues. Android users will not have to reauthorize their Adobe ID. 


Contact us if you have any questions!

May 08, 2013

Hachette Offers Full eBook Catalog to Libraries

Starting May 8th, Hachette Book Group will offer its full eBook catalog to libraries. Including new releases, this catalog includes over 5,000 titles Hachette Book Group includes popular authors James Patterson and David Sedaris.

For more information, check out their press release.

May 04, 2013

OverDrive and Linux

Good news for Linux users who would like to use OverDrive Media Console to checkout downloadable eBooks and audiobooks 

The following instructions come from OverDrive's Digital Library Blog:


 

"Many Linux users are familiar with a program called Wine – not the popular libation, but a “translator” that allows Windows native applications to run in the Linux environment. Wine takes a Windows Application’s calls, and translates them to the corresponding Linux calls.  The result is an environment where Windows applications run in the Linux environment as if they were written for Linux. Let me be clear and note that it’s not perfect – some results may vary, giving you the ability to use the core features of an application, while also preventing other features from working.


 When OverDrive Media Console is installed on a Linux PC using Wine, you will gain the capability of playing OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks, and even returning them through the software.  On the other hand, some features are not available, including support for WMA Audiobooks and WMV Videos, and the ability to transfer to MP3 players. The reason some features are not supported in Linux is the inability to install the latest version of the Windows Media Player security upgrade required for use with Windows Media formats.

In addition to this recent discovery, Open EPUB books should work as long as you have an eReader program installed, OverDrive Read titles will also work on Linux since the format is browser-based, and not tied to external programs like Adobe Digital Editions. Kindle Titles are also available to Linux users using the Kindle Cloud Reader. And you can also use Adobe Digital Editions 1.7 with Wine. To all Linux users out there, let’s hope this is the beginning of more things to come!

To download and install ADE with Wine, please see the Wine project’s App Database (appDB) entry for Adobe Digital Editions.

If you would like to download and install OMC with Wine, please see the Wine project’s App Database (appDB) entry for OMC.

If you don’t have Wine or you aren’t sure how Wine works, try these links:

 

April 24, 2013

OverDrive Next Generation

We are excited to announce that OverDrive Next Generation is now live!

If you need help getting started with OverDrive, contact us.

April 20, 2013

PC Basics 2012

Just starting out in the world of computers? Learn exactly what you need to know at your own pace using CustomGuide’s “PC Basics” course. Perfect for people new to personal computers, this course identifies parts of the computer and how they work, then moves on to using basic programs and the Internet.

 

One library patron who has been using Custom Guide reports that this training was “just what she was looking for!”

If you have friends or family that would benefit from Basic Computer Training, this online interactive training may be just the thing to help them get comfortable with the world of computing!

March 31, 2013

OverDrive's Next Generation

 Eckhart Public Library’s OverDrive digital collection, http://nidl.lib.overdrive.com, is getting a facelift in the coming weeks with OverDrive’s Next Generation website. 


See a Preview!










Some of the key features include:


·One-Step Checkout™: Once you’ve logged in with your library card number, it just takes one click to borrow a title.
·OverDrive Read™: Browser-based technology enables instant access to eBooks, online or offline, with no software or downloading required. All you’ll need is a computer or device with a modern web browser. If the title is available to borrow, you can download the title–as you’ve always been able to–or you can choose to start reading right away in your web browser. If you choose browser-based reading, your progression will sync across devices. For example, if you leave off at page 47 on your computer, you’ll start at page 47 on your iPad®!
·A new responsive design optimizes the website for mobile and desktop use. So regardless of what device you use, the experience will be the same.
·
Powerful discovery tools enable you to find your next book fast with filtered search, personalized title recommendations and more. It’s just like online shopping!


We look forward to providing our community with this fast and easy new experience. If you have any questions, be sure to contact us directly!

March 15, 2013

PowerMyLearning

PowerMyLearning is a free learning platform designed for K-12 students, parents, and teachers to utilize. There are many games and activities that promote learning across many disciplines

Check it out!

March 14, 2013

Kindle App Bug

Kindle users, there is a bug in the iOS update that can delete entire libraries.

Tech Cruch has more information.

March 09, 2013

Windows 8

Need help adjusting to Windows 8? Best Buy's Geek Squad is here to help. 

They have a tutorial page that will help new users learn about the functionalities of Windows 8 with instructions and videos.

All information provided at this link is the property of Geek Squad, a service of Best Buy. EPL is not liable for an discrepancies or issues arising as a result of incorrect information that may be found on this website.

March 02, 2013

Computer Savvy Seniors

Join Bobbie the first Saturday of each month for this free and informative computer class!

Click here for more information and to register!

February 28, 2013

OverDrive's Next Generation

 Eckhart Public Library’s OverDrive digital collection, http://nidl.lib.overdrive.com, is getting a facelift in the coming weeks with OverDrive’s Next Generation website. 


See a Preview!










Some of the key features include:


·One-Step Checkout™: Once you’ve logged in with your library card number, it just takes one click to borrow a title.
·OverDrive Read™: Browser-based technology enables instant access to eBooks, online or offline, with no software or downloading required. All you’ll need is a computer or device with a modern web browser. If the title is available to borrow, you can download the title–as you’ve always been able to–or you can choose to start reading right away in your web browser. If you choose browser-based reading, your progression will sync across devices. For example, if you leave off at page 47 on your computer, you’ll start at page 47 on your iPad®!
·A new responsive design optimizes the website for mobile and desktop use. So regardless of what device you use, the experience will be the same.
·
Powerful discovery tools enable you to find your next book fast with filtered search, personalized title recommendations and more. It’s just like online shopping!


We look forward to providing our community with this fast and easy new experience. If you have any questions, be sure to contact us directly!

January 31, 2013

Nexus 7 & 10

Curious about these Android tablets?

Overdrive provides an overview and a lot of great information in this Gadget Close-Up!


Need help with your tablet? Come to Tablet Time!

January 18, 2013

News for Nook Users!

 OverDrive Media Console now available for use on NOOK Color, NOOK HD and HD+, and the NOOK TABLET! This means no more tethering your NOOK device to your computer to download digital titles from EPL! Just download the OverDrive Media Console app then click on the icon to locate Eckhart Public Library. Insert the zip code in the search box, then tap ‘Get Books,’ to  browse EPL’s digital collection on the web. Check out a title with a valid library card and PIN. Titles download directly to your NOOK.

Both eBooks and audiobook titles will play on these devices. As always EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks have a lending period. The title automatically expires in the app at the end of the lending period, so there’s never a late fee. There’s even a handy countdown clock built into the app so you know how long you have to read or listen before the title expires.
 
What happens if a digital title is already checked out?
 
Just like with physical material from the library, you can join a waiting list. All you need to do is enter your email address when placing a hold. You will  receive an alert when the title is available for check out.
 
Don’t want to wait? Our library also offers thousands of EPUB eBook downloads that are always available. Just check for the ‘Additional eBooks’ link at the bottom of the digital collection homepage and you can get free eBooks that are yours to keep—without a lending period. You’ll discover timeless books and find yourself reading more than ever before with this diverse collection.
 
You can also download DRM-free EPUB eBooks from other online sources to read using the OverDrive Media Console app.

Happy Reading!

December 31, 2012

Kindle HD News!

When downloading materials from our virtual branch on the Kindle HD, you do not have to sync your device after downloading a title. Books appear on the device immediately after download!

For more information about downloading and transferring content with your Kindle HD, click here.


If you need any assistance, contact us!

December 10, 2012

iPad mini

Apple's iPad mini can be utilized to access our virtual branch! OverDrive recently did a close-up of this new gadget.
Click here for more information!

December 08, 2012

Custom Guide

Custom Guide allows users to take tutorials to learn Microsoft Office and basic PC functions. 

If you're interested in utilizing this service, click here to learn how to set up an account!

November 30, 2012

Nook Error Message

If you receive this error message on your Nook, "User Not Activated" try the following steps to resolve the issue: 

1.Download the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions 2.0
2.Migrate all books to the new version. (Just answer YES to the question posed by the install software).
3.Uninstall the old version (the install package leads them through this step also, just answer YES).
4.Re-boot computer.
5.Restart device.
6.Connect device to computer.
7.Re-authorize if prompted. (make sure BARNES AND NOBLE username and PW match the ones used for authorization.)
8.Try a new download.


If this solution did not work for you, try deauthorizing and reauthorizing Adobe Digital Editions and your computer.


If you need additional assistance, please contact us.

November 28, 2012

Gadget Gallery

Thinking of buying an eReader for a special someone this Christmas, but unsure what device will be the best fit for him or her? Come to the Eckhart Public Library for a Gadget Gallery on Wednesday, November 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to try a Nook Color, Nook 1st Generation, iPad, KOBO, Kindle or MP3 Player!

Library staff will provide an overview of the download process using OverDrive in the Close Community Room followed by one-on-one assistance with a personal device or come try one owned by the library! Current EPL card holders in good standing may download audio and eBooks from the library collection.

Can't make this event? No problem! Library staff will be visiting Walmart Saturday, December 1, 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. to demonstrate digital downloads and to answer questions in the Electronics Department.

"BOOK A LIBRARIAN" on Monday or Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the library for one-on-one assistance with a digital device! For more information, call 925-2414 extension 120.

October 31, 2012

iPad Tricks and Treats

Dress up an iPad and join the group this Halloween for the library’s first tablet meeting. Come share apps, tips and tricks. Create a clever costume for an iPad to participate in the iPad masquerade party and win a prize.   Refreshments will be served… for those who dare eat them. Muh-hahahaha! Learn tricks. Eat treats!  No registration is required. Click here for more information!

Coming Soon: Tablet Time   
The first Monday of each month, beginning in November, the library will offer a new club, Tablet Time. The group will meet in the Close Community Room, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. No registration is required. Bring an Acer, Asus, iPad, Kindle Fire, NOOK, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba,  (or any other tablet!) and a thinking cap! Participants will gather to exchange ideas and offer advice to fellow tablet users.

October 11, 2012

OverDrive App Comes to Nook

Nook users will now be able to download their library books directly from their device!

From OverDrive:

"Borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the library just got a whole lot easier for users of the NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™. Last week, Barnes & Noble added the OverDrive Media Console app to the NOOK Apps™ storefront. This NOOK app enables users to wirelessly borrow eBooks and MP3 audiobooks from the library.

All NOOK devices, including NOOK 1st Edition, NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, have always enabled users to read eBooks borrowed from libraries and schools, but the process required sideloading the files from a computer using Adobe Digital Editions and a USB cable. Now users of NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color can borrow eBooks and audiobooks wirelessly using the OverDrive app.

Users can visit the NOOK Apps storefront to install the free OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app. The app enables users to locate a library or school nearby, browse or search their eBook and MP3 audiobook collection and, after entering a valid library card or school ID,  check out and download the title for a lending period of one to three weeks (depending on the library or school's policies). At the end of the lending period, the title simply expires.

The version of OMC available in the NOOK Apps storefront is OMC for Android v2.5, so any instructions found on library Help pages related to OMC for Android will apply to the NOOK app. While the app is free, users will need a valid NOOK account in order to download the app." 

October 01, 2012

Adobe Digital Editions 2.0

"Adobe has officially released Digital Editions 2.0, which comes with several improvements and changes.

 What's new

  • The UI has been completely redesigned to be screen-reader friendly. It's compatible with NVDA, JAWS and VoiceOver for low-vision and visually impaired users. 
  • The software now presents eBooks as a simple tile or list item. The hover-over context menus are gone. To bring up a context menu, right-click on a cover image. This helps with screen reader usability.  
  • Activating compatible eBook readers has improved significantly. Simply plug in an eBook reader, open Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), then drag a library title over to the device. The software automatically registers and authorizes your device with your computer's Adobe ID.  
  • Adobe has updated the install page. When you click the Download now link to the right, you'll be taken to a page that offers two installers (Windows and Mac). The Flash-based installer is gone. Now, you download a DMG or EXE file and install the program. This is much more common behavior when installing applications from the Internet.

A quirk you should know about

This is brand-new software, so there may be a few bugs. If you find one, please let Adobe know so they can work on fixing it.


With that said, there's one inconsistency that you should be aware of: Loan period banners are not always accurate. For example, a brand-new three-week loan may show up as a two-week loan. Loans still expire at the appropriate time. It's just the banner that is off. We've already let Adobe know about the issue.  

Help is here

Updated Help articles have been posted. Since support is ending for older versions of ADE, we encourage you to support ADE 2.0 as soon as possible. Most of our Help articles shift focus to ADE 2.0."


- From OverDrive

September 18, 2012

Book a Librarian

Do you need help with downloading eBooks or using Excel? Librarians will offer one-on-one assistance with computer, tablet or eReader basics, email account set up and use, Internet searches, MS Office software use, as well as library eBook and audiobook downloads. Check our calendar to find upcoming dates and to register!

September 05, 2012

Fall into Line to Check Out Digital Devices

Read eBooks by checking out a Kobo, Nook or Sony Reader from the Eckhart Public Library. Borrowers must hold an Eckhart Public Library card and be in good standing. Borrowers must also be 18 years or older and present a valid photo ID when requesting to check out a device from the circulation desk.

September 01, 2012

Libraries and eBooks

Libraries, eBooks, and Publishers were the topic of NPR's The Diane Rehm show on August 28th. The discussed the importance of eBooks and how libraries are impacted by the decisions of publishers. 


Click here to listen.

August 31, 2012

Info To Go


Starting in October, Eckhart Public Library is proud to introduce Info to Go.


Info to Go is a three station stand up laptop bar located behind the new magazines. This area is designed to meet the needs of patrons who wish to access Internet resources or print from a flash drive or SD card. Info to Go laptops are equipped with Microsoft Office 2007 applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Access.  


Eckhart Mobile Outreach Lab and services are made possible by a LSTA grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded and administered by the Indiana State Library.

August 28, 2012

Custom Guide Error Message

Patrons who were unable to access the CustomGuide Online Training Software in July or August and received an error message, may now access this software. There was a mix-up on the part of the provider which has now been resolved.

Access online interactive training by inserting this URL in the address line of the Internet browser or clicking the link- http://login.customguide.com/EckhartPublicLibraryPublic

MS Office application training modules are available across a variety of operating systems for your convenience.

To create an account and begin learning how to use MS OFFICE software applications:

• Visit the link above and click CREATE ACCOUNT, insert your first name, last name and email address.
• Enter a password for the account.
• Re-enter the password to confirm.
• Click REGISTER.
• An account has been created for you.

Library staff will assist you, if necessary, to create and begin using CustomGuide Online training software.

August 08, 2012

Share your Favorite Books

The newest update of OverDrive allows users to incorporate social networking on their Droids and iPhones. Click here for more information!

August 07, 2012

Libraries and eBooks

Get the scoop on why you may not be finding your favorite books available to download from our eBook service. The Journal Gazette recently published this article, "Lending eBooks Has Hit a Snag at Libraries".

Click here for more information about eBooks, publishers, and libraries.

June 27, 2012

Need help putting eBooks on your phone?

Go mobile with OverDrive! Click here for more information and tutorials on how to get eBooks and downloadble audio books on your smart phone.

June 25, 2012

Basic Computer Use: Starting, Steering and Stopping

Learning to use a computer is much like learning to drive. Volunteer and long-time computer educator, Bob Gehring, will be presenting on beginner computer use on Monday, June 25th. This program will cover basic keyboarding, using a mouse and an introduction to Internet safety. Bobbie Lee, Digital Literacy Coordinator, will be available after these sessions to answer questions concerning technology learning opportunities available at Eckhart Public Library.

For more information and to register, click here.

June 05, 2012

Mobile Laptop Grant

Eckhart Public Library is happy to announce that it received a Library Services And Technology Act grant from the Institute Of Museums and Library Services for $10,000 for the creation of a mobile laptop lab. The mobile laptop lab will allow the library to expand computer programming across the library campus. In addition, the library will be able to take computer instruction programs off-site to community organizations. When they are not being used for library programs, the laptops will be available to patrons to check out for use in the library. This grant allows the library to purchase 10 new laptops, which can be used in programs that will better serve our patrons. The laptops will be purchased this summer and programs across campus will begin this fall.

May 22, 2012

OverDrive Streamlines the eReader Experience

Good news if you are using OverDrive with an Apple or Android device! Recent changes have really improved the eReader experience. For more information about these changes and further instructions, click here!

May 14, 2012

eBooks for Libraries

Are you frustrated by the publishing industry's stance on libraries and eBooks?


You can find out more and make your voice heard by checking out eBooks for Libraries!

April 06, 2012

Harry Potter Available for Digital Download!

The wait is over. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is now available in eBook and digital audio format! If you'd like to check one of them out from the library, search "Harry Potter" on the NIDL website or click here for book one!

If you're interesting in purchasing an item in the Harry Potter digital collection you can do so at the Pottermore Store.

March 29, 2012

OverDrive Update for iOS

iPad, iPod, and iPhone users can take advantage of the recent OverDrive update! iOS 2.4.1 adds a dictionary, Wikipedia, and overall performance improvements. 

For more information, including download instructions, click here!

March 12, 2012

Interested in Dowloading Books?

If you're interested in downloading eBooks or audiobooks from EPL but don't quite know where to begin, we can help! You can either click here for a virtual tour or contact us for more information or to set up a one-on-one appointment!

February 18, 2012

Need Help?

OverDrive has revamped the Frequently Asked Questions page and created OverDrive Help! The site is fully searchable and can help you through the problems you may encounter. Click here to access OverDrive Help.

If you would like some one-on-one assistance with your downloadable materials, contact us to set up an appointment.

January 30, 2012

Love Your iPad, iPod Touch & Nano

Learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks from the the library directly to your Apple device. We'll have staff available for one-on-one assistance in the Close Community Room. There are three opportunities to attend:


Saturday, February 11th 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Monday, February 13th 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Monday, February 13th 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm


For more information on downloading eBooks and audiobook from the library, click here. For additional assistance concerning your digital device, feel free to call, 925-2414 ext. 505 to make an appointment. This is all made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

January 25, 2012

Need Help?

Are you looking for one-on-one computer assistance? Call Bobbie at 925-2414 ext. 505, or stop by our Information Desk,  to schedule an appointment. Bobbie is available on Tuesday evenings from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

If you are looking for online tutorials, be sure to check out Custom Guide!

January 09, 2012

Doughnuts and Downloadables

Anyone who received a digital device for Christmas and needs help using it should come to the Eckhart Public Library. Enjoy a doughnut and relax while receiving one-on-one assistance from library staff as they explains how to download books from the library website.  

Stop in today from 11 am to 1 pm and 3pm to 5 or on Saturday, January 14th from 10:30 am to12:30 pm.

For additional assistance concerning your digital device feel free to call, 925-2414 extension 505 to make an appointment.


November 28, 2011

Christmas eList Open House

 

Join us on December 6th from 11 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm for our gadget gallery.


This program is features a gallery of electronic gadgets for downloading library books including the new Kindle Fire. Library staff will demonstrate this quick, easy, and free process to download eBooks at EPL. Patrons may bring in their personal devices including Kobo, Nook, MP3 players, and Apple devices for wireless downloads. Kindles may be brought in for wired or wireless downloads.


For more information call 925-2414 ext. 505.

November 10, 2011

Amazon Offers Lending Library for Kindles

Amazon recently unveiled a new perk for their Prime members, a library. Currently, Amazon Prime members pay $79.00 a year to receive free, two-day shipping along with access to their television and movie catalog available through online streaming. Now, Prime members will also be able to download one, free title a month. For more information, click here. EPL, Kindle users can also download titles for their Kindles through OverDrive.

November 09, 2011

Library Closed

The Eckhart Public Library campus will be closed on Friday, November 11th. We will be open again on Saturday, November 12th.

November 08, 2011

Browse our Catalog on Your Smartphone

 You can now renew your items, place holds, check your fines, and even just browse our catalog using the new LS2 Mobile application for smartphones. You just need to be in an area that has mobile or Wi-Fi service. To download the LS2 Mobile App, go to your App Store and search "LS2 Mobile". Click below for more information!


 


 


 

September 05, 2011

Important Updates

The Eckhart Public Library is currently updating its website and the web pages of each department.  Any suggestions you have to help us with this process should be passed to Jamie Long, EPL Webmaster.  This webpage upgrade is being made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.  LSTA grants are a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Funds are used to support statewide initiatives through competitive grant programs.  The Indiana State Library oversees the LSTA program for our state.  Funds have been allocated to provide support for digitization of Indiana’s historical documents and further development of the Indiana Memory Program.