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Topic: OverDrive and Bluefire (to read library loans) for iPad

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M.E. (ryenke) -
Subject: OverDrive and Bluefire (to read library loans) for iPad
Date Posted: 1/3/2011 8:21 PM ET
Member Since: 1/6/2009
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I have had a few questions about this, and now that I got my library card today I can answer, I thought I would post the answer here. 

(Updated to include Bluefire software) (Updated to include Overdrive iPad update)

Q:  Can you read library e-book loans on your iPad?

A.  Yes, using a) OverDrive software or by using Bluefire Reader software for the iPad.

OverDrive

  • OverDrive now has a native iPad app. 
  • You do not need to synch to your computer to check out and read your library loans - you can do it all on the iPad.
  • ePub & audiobook (mp3) formats
  • OverDrive software overview

    • sadNO: portrait 2 page display, notes, reverse text (i.e. white text on black background - good for reading in bed), dictionary, loses some original formatting, CAN NOT return books early
    • smileyYES: brightness, font size, chapter/index access, bookmarks, and pages indicators (for pages in chapter AND pages in book!) 

Bluefire

  • Native for iPad so your books look WONDERFUL.
  • Synch and To get books on to the iPad you must have Adobe Digital Editions on your computer where you synch your iPad to authorize the library loans.  See this web page for instructions:  http://www.bluefirereader.com/help/libraryBooks.html  (Maybe not - see this web page for direct to Bluefire no ADE:  http://www.tidbits.com/article/11980
  • ePub, Adobe PDF
  • Bluefire software overview

    • sadNO:  notes, dictionary
    • smileyYES: brightness, font size, chapter/index access, bookmarks, and pages indicators (for pages in chapter AND pages in book!), return books early in Bluefire app and/or ADE.
    • heartSPECIAL:  Several options for different types of page turns & customize page margins (so we don't have to waste space with empty screen space margins.)

So if anyone has any other questions, let me know. 

I am SO pleased to finally be able to take advantage of e-book loans.  I just checked out 2 books!  One book I was thinking about ordering here on PBS just this weekend (but didn't) and a second book that would come around on my wish list in 6 months or so!

 

 



Last Edited on: 2/19/11 1:07 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 1/5/2011 7:58 AM ET
Member Since: 11/24/2005
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Very cool. Thank you very much! Good information here.