eReaders at Your Fingertips: Try Before You Buy

Whether you’re in the market for an ereader for yourself or someone else, let the library help cut through the sales pitch and get to the gist of what device will suit your needs best. Some of the latest devices to hit store shelves, including the Kindle Fire, iPad and the Nook, are on display at your library.

Visit the ereader display in the Reference Room. In addition to seven different ereaders, you’ll find a retail price comparison and tech specifications, including storage capacity for each device. We know many bookworms for whom storage space is a factor. You can’t take the devices home, but you can spend time testing them out in the library.

Staff is nearby to help answer your questions or give you a demonstration on the devices. One-on-one appointments can be requested via tscpl.org/consult-a-librarian.

After you have purchased your ereader, fill it up with downloadable media – from ebooks to music – available with your library card. Ebooks check out for up to 21 days. The library also has classes and handouts on the ebooks service through OverDrive to help you be a more informed consumer.

Did you know the first commercial ereaders became available in 1998?

However, devices in our ereader display are anything but antiquated:
• Amazon Kindle Fire™
• Amazon Kindle Keyboard
• Barnes & Noble Nook Color™
• Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet™
• Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch™
• iPad®
• Sony eReader

Whether you are shopping for yourself or someone else, stop by the library first for a demonstration. Ereaders are only available for demonstration purposes at this time.

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  • Marvin Carlson

    I have an iPad. How do I download books?
    Favorites are like: Mrs. Pollifax series, The Cat Who — series.

  • Jeff Tate

    Mr. Carlson thanks for the question. To get ebooks from the library on an iPad, you use the OverDrive Media Console app, which can be found in the App Store on your iPad. You will need to activate the app, find a book you want to read and check it out using your library card, and then download it to the iPad to read. Full instructions can be found here, http://tscpl.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Overdrive-app-instruction.pdf. If you need further assistance you can call, stop by a reference desk, or attend one of our Computer & Gadget Drop in classes.