Digital media has tremendously changed the way we gain access to information. If before, you need to literally go to a library to borrow books, all you have to do now is to download e-books from digital libraries. Online libraries are great sources of e-books and audiobooks of various niche. The best part of all is that they’re for free. If this is your first time exploring online libraries, this article is tailor-made for you. Here are 3 simple steps in downloading free e-books from the library.
Step 1: Get a Library Card
Just like in conventional libraries, you also need a library card if you’re planning to download e-books from the library. If you already have one, you may immediately proceed to step 2. However, if you don’t have a library card yet, simply go to www.overdrive.com. Next, select the “Need a library card?” link in the footer of the homepage. It will prompt you to select your library or a branch from the list in the drop down menu. It will automatically display a link where you can see the requirements in getting a library card. There are libraries that support online applications and even offer access to non-residents.
Step 2: Download Required Software
Different libraries offer free e-books in various formats. The most common among e-book formats is Adobe ePUB and PDF. Adobe Digital Editions supports these formats, and thus, you need one. Kindle, on the other hand, requires ADE. E-books in PRC format need Mobipocket Reader software. For convenience, some people simply download the OverDrive app that allows them to download free ebooks directly from the library without messing up their software. OverDrive’s Media Console software and applications allow PC, MAC, Windows, Android and iOS users to access audiobooks.
Step 3: Read All Your Want
Once your library card is ready and all needed software is installed, you’re good to go. Start browsing all available books and download them free of charge. Once you download an e-book from the library, it will go to their corresponding software applications, and from there, you can easily transfer them to your device.
It only takes 3 simple ways for you to go gaga over a wide selection of books from different libraries. Books are arguably the best source of truthful information and stories that made us laugh, cry and dream. In an era where almost anyone believes in every news item that appears on their news feed, going back to the basics makes a huge difference.