eBooks and eReaders
E-books, e-book readers — are they toys, tools, or the wave of the future?
Did you receive one as a gift or are you considering an e-book reader as a necessary purchase? And, once you’ve decided to get an e-book reader, which one is for you?
Sometimes things do get complicated when new technology emerges! Public libraries are in the thick of it. Dripping Springs Community Library is currently researching and thoroughly assessing the ways it will incorporate e-books into the services it offers area users. Patrons are interested, and we are very interested, in acquiring e-books. We are watching carefully as the market changes rapidly. We are planning on offering e-books for checkout to our patrons. There are many companies that offer this service to libraries and we are in the process of reviewing them all.
Our standards are high. Dripping Springs Community Library wants to provide current, popular fiction and timely non-fiction titles, easily downloadable to all readily available devices at the best possible price for our community. And we will not rest until we reach that goal.
Looking to buy an e-reader?? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the different ones out there and the many features to consider? Here is a comprehensive and helpful article on this topic. Take a look. It may help narrow down your choices and help you select the e-reader that’s just right for you.
Central Texas Digital Consortium
Currently, thirty-six Central Texas public libraries participate in a digital consortium to provide Overdrive Digital Content for library patrons. Among them are other libraries in Hays County, nearby Bee Caves Library, and Austin Public Library. You will need to apply for a library card, if you don't have one. Remember, these libraries all offer free library cards to Dripping Springs residents. For a complete list of Central Texas participating libraries, click here.
Free and Low-cost e-Books
eBooks on EBSCOhost - Available through TexShare with your library card.
openlibrary.org - Over 1,000,000 free ebook titles.
feedbooks.com - Thousands of public domain books and original books from new authors that you can read on any mobile device.
manybooks.net - More than 29,000 eBooks most eReaders, and they're all free!
gutenberg.org – 33,000 public domain books that can be downloaded in multiple formats.
librivox.org - LibriVox works to make all public domain books available as free audio books.
tryharlequin.com – 16 try-for-free romance titles.
sfgateway.com – British website with vintage science fiction titles.
suvudu.com – a small collection of sci-fi and fantasy titles from Random House.
munseys.com – free pulp, classics, and more.
archive.org - A wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.
books.google.com/ebooks - (Then do a search for free)
Learning Express Library - A wide variety of career and academic test preparation and skill-building titles.
Free e-Books for your particular eReader
barnesandnoble.com - for the Nook reader.
amazon.com - for the Kindle reader.
ebookstore.sony.com - for the Sony reader.
E-book Tips from the Library StaffHere's a few tips from our recent experiences!