Thomas Ford Memorial Library

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Read on for some of the most frequently asked questions.

Can I read library books on my device?

YES!  The library has two downloadable book services: Media On Demand, and eRead Illinois. Through these you can download ebooks, audiobooks, and more to read, listen to, or view on your device.

What do I need in order to get books?
Both services require your library card number and your SWAN PIN to log in.

I don’t have a SWAN PIN.  Or do I?
If you don’t have a PIN for your SWAN (Library catalog) account, you can create one or reset it.  If neither of these options works for you, call us (708-246-0520) and we can help over the phone.

Can I use my device?
Probably!  Media on Demand supports Nooks, Sony Readers, Kindles, iPads, iPods, Kobos, and more.  The e-books and audiobooks available are in PDF, EPUB, Kindle, WMA, WMV, and MP3 format.  Read more about supported devices and formats.

eRead Illinois is not available on regular Kindles, but can be used on Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD in addition to Android and iOS devices. If you don’t have a device, you can still use both of our services on your PC or Mac.

How do I get the books onto my device?  

This varies by type of device. See below for the most common methods.

iPad, iPad mini, iPod, iPhone:

MEDIA ON DEMAND: Download the free Overdrive App from the iTunes App Store. This will allow you to checkout, download, and read or listen directly from the app.  Once the app is installed, it will prompt you to enter or create an Adobe ID which will manage the lending of your library checkouts.  This is also free, and you will only need to enter this information once.  You can also browse and checkout using your computer if you prefer, then download from your account using the app.

eREAD ILLINOIS: Download the free axisReader app from the iTunes App Store. This will allow you to browse, checkout, download, and read EPUB and PDF eBooks directly in the app. After you install the app you will be prompted to enter or create an Adobe ID which will manage the lending of your library checkouts. This is also free, and you will only need to enter it once.

Blio eBooks require the free Blio app. You will create your Blio account the first time you check out a Blio eBook through the axisReader app. Blio eBooks provide full color and audio, incorporating multimedia and interactive features.

 

Kindle

MEDIA ON DEMAND: Use Media On Demand to browse and checkout your books. Be sure to check out the Kindle version of the book. After checkout, click on Get For Kindle, which will take you to Amazon. Log in to your Amazon account, which will manage your library checkouts. Your book will sync to your Kindle via the WiFi and appear on your device.  Note: some books and publishers will require that you to connect your Kindle with the usb cord and transfer the books manually.

eREAD ILLINOIS: This service is not compatible with traditional Kindle devices, but may be used on Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD (see below).

 

Kindle Fire or Fire HD

MEDIA ON DEMAND: You can use the method above for Kindles, or download the Overdrive Media Console for Android, log in to your account, and download content directly to your device.   Note: some books and publishers will require that you to connect your Kindle with the usb cord and transfer the books manually.

eREAD ILLINOIS: The free axisReader app will allow you to browse, checkout, download, and read EPUB and PDF eBooks directly in the app. After you install the app you will be prompted to enter or create an Adobe ID which will manage the lending of your library checkouts. This is also free, and you will only need to enter it once. To begin installation, on your device go to Settings > Device and turn ON “Allow Installation of Applications…” Then go to your Kindle’s home screen and tap Web. In the address bar, type apps.axis360.org/axisReader. If your download does not start automatically, tap OK.

On the Kindle Fire, tap the number in the upper left corner that appears next to My Kindle. On the Fire HD, tap the Web Content menu icon beneath My Kindle. Once the download is complete, tap the axisReader file to install. Once the app installs, tap Open and authorize with your Adobe ID.

To install the Blio app on Kindle Fire or Fire HD, follow the same instructions as for the axisReader app, except in your address bar you will type apps.axis360.org/Blio. Once the app is installed, you will create your account with an email and password.

 

 

Nook Classic, Nook Simple Touch, Kobo

 

MEDIA ON DEMAND: On your computer, download Adobe Digital Editions which will manage your library checkouts. This is a free program which will prompt you to create a free ADE ID.  On your computer, use Media On Demand to browse and checkout and download your books. Be sure to choose the EPUB or PDF version of the book.  Your book will download into ADE. Connect your device, which will show up as a new shelf on ADE, then drag and drop your book onto the device.

eREAD ILLINOIS: On your computer, download Adobe Digital Editions which will manage your library checkouts. You can read EPUB or PDF eBooks on your device by checking out the book at eRead Illinois, downloading the file, and opening it on your computer in  Adobe Digital Editions. You will be prompted to create or log in with a free Adobe ID. Connect your device, which will show up as a new shelf on ADE, then drag and drop your book onto the device.

 

Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook HD, Android Tablets and Smartphones

MEDIA ON DEMAND: Download the Overdrive Media Console App, which will allow you to log in, browse, and download directly to your Nook.  Once the app is installed, it will prompt you to enter or create an Adobe ID which will manage the lending of your library checkouts.  This is also free, and you will only need to enter this information once.  You can also browse and checkout using your computer if you prefer, then download from your account using the app.

eREAD ILLINOIS: Download the free axisReader app from the Google Play store. This will allow you to browse, checkout, download, and read EPUB and PDF eBooks directly in the app. After you install the app you will be prompted to enter or create an Adobe ID which will manage the lending of your library checkouts. This is also free, and you will only need to enter it once.

Blio eBooks require the free Blio app. You will create your Blio account the first time you check out a Blio eBook through the axisReader app. Blio eBooks provide full color and audio, incorporating multimedia and interactive features.

 

Sony Reader WiFi:  

MEDIA ON DEMAND: Use the “Public Library” button on the home screen to log in and download books directly to your device. You may also browse and checkout using your computer if you prefer and then download from your account using the reader on wifi.

eREAD ILLINOIS: On your computer, download Adobe Digital Editions which will manage your library checkouts. You can read EPUB or PDF eBooks on your device by checking out the book at eRead Illinois, downloading the file, and opening it on your computer in  Adobe Digital Editions. You will be prompted to create or log in with a free Adobe ID. Connect your device, which will show up as a new shelf on ADE, then drag and drop your book onto the device.

 

I found an e-book book in SWAN but when I clicked though the site looked different and I couldn’t log in. What happened?

TFML is part of one of three e-book buying groups that use the SWAN catalog. As a TFML cardholder, you will only be able to download from our group, Media On Demand. To find these books in the SWAN catalog, limit the location field of your SWAN search to Thomas Ford Memorial Library instead of All Libraries.

Why can’t I find this author or title?  
Our e-book collections are still growing, and the way e-book publishers are working with libraries is changing.  Some publishers and authors have restricted their work and will not allow it to be available digitally through libraries, in which case we are not be able to add these books to the collection.

To view all of the books we have the ability to purchase, use the Advanced Search function and choose “Additional Titles to Recommend.”  Then, click the “Recommend” button if  you see something you would like us to consider purchasing.  Clicking “Buy It Now” enables you to purchase a personal copy, but this will not add the title to the library’s collection.

Why isn’t this book available in Kindle format?
Amazon will only permit library lending of a book that it also sells as a Kindle book, so you will find some items as EPUB or PDF but not Kindle.

I want an e-reader but I don’t know which one. What does the library recommend?

This depends on what you want in an e-reader. See below for some attributes to consider. The library circulates Sony Reader WiFi because they have the smoothest interface for library borrowing of the e-ink readers. Several staff members have Nook products for personal use. Additional reviews to consider:

Consumer Reports has reviewed e-readers

Tech Media Network’s Configurator  suggests a reader that best matches your needs, based on a series of questions.

PC World has an e-reader buying guide and reviews.

What’s should I look for in an e-reader?
The main factors to consider are:

Screen type
Some readers like the Nook Simple Touch or the Sony Reader Wifi use e-ink.  This is a non-reflective black and white screen that is easy to read in bright light and causes minimal eye strain, similar to paper.  Other readers have color LCD displays similar to your computer screen.  These screens are great for full color uses like comic or picture books, magazines, web browsing, movie viewing, or game playing, however they do not display well in sunlight and cause more eye strain than an e-ink reader.
Use
Do you mainly want your reader for reading books, or would you like to have the functionality of a tablet?  Do the books you are interested in have full color illustrations?
Battery life
Color LCD displays correlate with a shorter battery life.  An e-ink display uses far less battery power and will keep a charge up to a month or more.
Cost
E-readers are available at just about any price point.  Consider your budget and look at the readers within that range.

My question isn’t here. What should I do?

There are several resources that might answer your question.

Media On Demand has a very helpful  My Help! feature on its site which will guide you through the process of using your device to read or listen to the books you’re interested in.   They also have an extensive help section which may answer your question.

The New Hampshire Downloadable Books Blog has a lot of good information about troubleshooting, devices, and formats.  Be aware that some of their information, such as new items added, is specific to their location and is not necessarily applicable to Thomas Ford patrons.

And we are always happy to help.  Let us know if we can help you any further with your new e-reader or with downloading books.

Happy Reading!