Downloadable e-books and e-audio
The library uses two different services for free e-content for borrowers: ListenUp! Vermont (powered by OverDrive) and OneClick Digital. ListenUp! is a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium, so we share those resources with libraries all over Vermont.
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FAQs about downloadable books
What's the difference between OneClick and OverDrive? Should I use both?
At the moment, our OneClick Digital service is audio only, but OverDrive has both e-audio and e-books (i.e., books for reading off a computer, e-reader, tablet, or phone). Each service offers a different selection of audio, so audio fans will want to use both.
Does this include everything on your shelves?
We wish it could, but no: the collection is still very small, in the low thousands, compared to the hundreds of thousands of items on the shelves at Brooks at at our parner libraries in the Catamount Library Network. But it's growing.
Do the titles appear in your online catalog?
No. To find our e-books and e-audio, search OneClick and OverDrive separately.
May I suggest that you buy a new title as an e-book or e-audio?
Absolutely. You can make suggestions for purchase for new downloadable titles just as you would for traditional paper titles.
Why are there waiting lists if it's electronic?
Publishers still sell copies of books one by one; that hasn't changed in the electronic era. So, popular titles will still have waiting lists at libraries. However, just as with paper books, we will often buy extra copies to keep the list moving along. Tip: When using ListenUp! (OverDrive), always sign in before searching. That will give you access to additional titles and copies that Brooks buys exclusively for its own patrons.
Why do I see "Buy It Now" buttons?
It's part of the deal between publishers and libraries: publishers seek the opportunity to sell extra copies of popular items to library patrons who want to skip over the waiting list. If you don't mind waiting a bit, go ahead and place a hold, and you will magically receive an email when it's available for you to check out and download. If you must read the next installment of your favorite series right now and decide you want to buy a personal e-copy, this link is a convenient way to do that.
About OverDrive e-books and audiobooks
First steps to get started:
- To get started with OverDrive,visit the OverDrive help page and click the link for your device in the section called "Get started with..."
- If you're shopping for a mobile device or want to see if your current device is compatible with OverDrive, visit the OverDrive Device Resource Center.
- Once you have OverDrive installed, you will check out and download e-books and e-audio through ListenUp! Vermont (GMLC).
Want some personal help? Call, email, or visit the Reference Desk, and we'll be delighted to help you. We can also make appointments for you with our technology intern, who can help with lots of general and specific questions about using your computer or mobile device.
Tips for getting started and logging in:
Remember to start with the OverDrive help page section called "Get started with..." (link above).
If you want to use OverDrive on a device that uses apps (such as a tablet, iPod Touch, or smart phone), you'll start by downloading the free OverDrive app through the Apple store or Google Play. Then you'll use the app for checking out and reading or listening. If you want to use Overdrive on a device that does not use apps (such as a basic iPod or MP3 player), you'll start by downloading the OverDrive media console to your computer. Then you'll use your computer to check out and download books to transfer to your mobile device. For specific help with whatever device you're using, see "Get started with..." on the OverDrive help page (link above).
Always sign in first thing when you go to ListenUp! Vermont. That will ensure that you have the best selection of titles. To sign in, start with the "Sign in" link in the upper right corner, near the cow and the search box. Then follow these directions and screen shots:
Tips for searching, checking out, downloading, and reading or listening:
When you search or browse ListenUp! Vermont, you will find items that are checked out and items that are available right away. If you only want to see things that are available right away, you can limit your search with the pull-down option "Only titles with copies available." But don't forget that placing holds is a useful strategy for keeping a steady stream of good books coming your way.
OverDrive includes both e-books and e-audio. When searching for books, be aware of the icons that indicate whether a title is an e-book (book icon) or an audio (headphones icon)
Also, be aware that specific devices can display or play specific types of files. To know what types of files your device can use, look it up in the Device Resource Center (see link above). When you search, you can limit your titles to formats your device is able to use.
Guide to formats:
- Kindle Book: can be read on a Kindle or any tablet/smart phone or similar device that has installed the Kindle app, available at the Apple store or Google Play.
- OverDrive Read: These are e-book titles that can be read immediately, via the Web, without having to download. But to use OverDrive Read, you have to have a current wifi connection. Most readers download the titles they borrow in one of the other formats so that they can read them even when they don't have an active wifi session in progress.
- EPUB Ebook and PDF Ebook: for tablets and phones. Not for Kindles.
- OverDrive MP3 Audiobook: for most iPods and MP3 players. This is the required format for Apple products.
- OverDrive WMA Audiobook: for MP3 players and most non-Apple audio players. MP3 players can play both WMA and MP3 files.
Many titles have more than one format. An e-book might be available as both a Kindle file and an EPUB file, and an e-audio might be available as both a WMA and an MP3. When you get to the download stage in the checkout process, make sure you select the correct format for your reader or listening device.
Note to Kindle users: when you check out and download books, the system will send you to Amazon, where you will sign in with your Amazon account. It will know that this is a library book, though, and not a purchase. For more on using you Kindle or other specific devices, see the "Get started with..." section of OverDrive's help page (see link above).
About OneClick Digital audiobooks
- For e-audio only. Not for e-books to read off the screen.
- The vast majority of titles are always available. In other words, you don't have to get on waiting lists; if you see the title, you can check it out. Some newer titles, however, may have waiting lists.
- Loan period is 14 days. You may have up to 3 titles checked out at any given time.
First, download the free OneClick Media Manager to your computer, or get the mobile app from the Apple or Android store. You will sign in once with your library card number, and then set up a free account to check out and download audiobooks. If you use a computer, you can use a usb cable to transfer the titles to a portable listening device. If you use an app, the app will take you through the whole process, from selecting to downloading and listening.
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About Indieflix streaming independent films
- Browse over 1600 independent films to watch on your computer, phone, iPad, or other device.
- Search for films by genre, intended audience, festival, or country. Filter by length of film.
First, register with your library card at Indieflix.
- You will need first to validate your library card, which will begin 27191 or 21792, with a total of 14 digits. See back of your card.
- Once validated, the system will then ask you for your name and email address. You will be sent an email and link to complete the process.
- Click on the link in the email to activate your account. Continue on to the login screen and log in with your email and password.
- Once you are logged in, you must enter your first name, last name, and password one final time. Your first name will then appear at the top "YOUR NAME" with a link to "DASHBOARD." Your dashboard will have a profile (optional), your queue of movies that you want to watch, and a viewing history that lists the films you have viewed.
If you want to watch movies on your iPad or iPhone, look for the Indieflix app at the iTunes store.
If you have a Roku streaming player you should be able to add Indieflix to your selections.
Once you have done the initial setup for your account, you can simply log in whenever you want to choose and watch movies.
About Brattleboro Community Television
Connect to your community through Brattleboro Community Television!
Lots of the Brooks Memorial Library's programs can be found through the Lectures and Readings link in the on-demand playlist. If you missed a 1st Wednesdays program, you might find it here.
Want to test drive an e-reader? We have some Kindles available for checkout at the circulation desk. They are pre-loaded with a variety of titles. To find out what's on each e-reader, simply search the term KINDLE in the catalog search box. If the one you want is checked out, you can place a hold and be notified when it is available.