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eBooks Galore!!

With a new look for our Overdrive website in February (same great content, slightly different look), I thought that I’d  give a refresher on all the amazing ways that you can get both eBooks and eAudiobooks. We’ll start with the most well-known eBook and eAudiobook provider.

Overdrive is our biggest provider of eContent. It has both eBooks and eAudiobooks. In addition to bestselling fiction it also has quite a number of Romances, more childrens’ books every day, and even some Comics (including from DC Comics, Woo!!). You can read and listen to them on your computer,  through your browser, or on almost any mobile device with their free Overdrive App (Scroll down to the bottom for all the various platforms you can use Overdrive on!)

 

 

Axis360 is a part of the Commonwealth eBook Collections. It has both Audiobooks and eBooks, mostly bestselling fiction, that can be read and listened to through the Axis360 App (Again, the links are at the bottom!!)

 

 

 

Biblioboard is a part of the Commonwealth eBook Collections as well. It has everything from the For Dummies series to a good portion of the Dark Horse Comics Graphic Novels to many many Primary Sources and Historical Documents. All Available through your browser or their App.

 

 

If you’re looking for items of a more academic bent EBL has many items to help with academic research as well as items that can help with personal interests, from cooking to gardening. (It’s also part of the Commonwealth eBook Collections). Go to EBL

 

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Finally, Safari has almost 5000 technology, digital media, and business books and videos online and ready on-demand in your browser to help you out of that pickle. Go to Safari

Remember all you need to access all these awesome resources is a Nevins Library card and something to read/listen to them on. And, in most cases, that can even be your computer!!

And if you have questions about using any of the above resources (or our other Online Resources) come see us up at the Reference Desk and we’ll try and get you all set up!!


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Oh, the things you can do with a library card!

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Everyone can take advantage of our public library’s resources by using our wi-fi internet access or computers, browsing our collections or attending a program.

With a library card, you get added benefits…not only can you check out books, magazines, DVDs, games, and other multimedia materials, you can also access our digital content.

Our digital resources include such gems as:

Lost your card?  Get a *free* replacement card at the Nevins Library during the month of September 2016.

Oh, and did we mention that with your library card you can also check out museum passes?  These passes will save you money on admissions to many of greater Boston area’s best museum’s and attractions, including:

  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Boston’s Children’s Musuem
  • Boston Harbor Islands Ferry Pass
  • Lowell Spinner’s
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre
  • Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium
  • New England State Parks Parking Pass
  • Zoo New England
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem
  • and many more!  Inquire at the main desk.

If we do say so ourselves, happiness is a well-used library card! 🙂

 

 

 


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Spotlight on Ebooks: Biblioboard

 

To enjoy Biblioboard, you really have to use a tablet. Or the screen of your at-work computer, if your boss is sympathetic to the plight of the graphic novel enthusiast. Biblioboard’s primary strength is comics – tons and tons of comics. There are many lesser-known, but roundly entertaining, indie titles from publishers like Milk Shadow Books and Markosia, and it’s possible to do a great deal of satisfying discovery in those alone. However, this platform also contains a great deal of material from one of the biggies: Dark Horse contributes Hellboy, various adventures of the Goon, and the entirety of Lone Wolf and Cub, to name just a little bit.

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The Goon

Frankly, there’s no way to read this many comics in a lifetime. (The Conan back issues alone would take a hundred years.) This is the untouched mother lode of great, free, fantastic comics, and it’s there for the taking. Biblioboard’s sign-in is easy and its interface is fairly easy to search. Items are organized into collections – Dark Horse has one of its own – and browsing the catalog feels a lot like riffling through a much more functional, pretty, and useful version of Pinterest. And yes, you can also pin the treasures you find.

Even non-comics  is visually focused. In addition to comics and classics, Biblioboard features scans of artworks from Charles Lewis Bartholomew to N.C.Wyeth. Various collections are focused on Common Core education, tying books and artwork into classwork. It features classics, self-published work, and a neat link at the top right of the page where independent authors can submit their own work of genius for inclusion in the collection. Or, alternatively, where a professor can submit their self-published textbook or workbook for use and inclusion in their courses. With a platform as versatile and interactive as this one, it’s hard to imagine a limit to the possibilities.

Biblioboard is worth more than a look. It’s worth a good, old-fashioned browse. Find some time to check out the comic book collection, at least. It’s worth six or seven hours of your busy day.


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Spotlight on Ebooks: Axis360

The ebook market is exploding, nowhere more so than in libraries. Now, as the demand for electronic literature and audiobooks grows greater than individual libraries can handle, the state of Massachusetts is stepping in with the Commonwealth Ebook Project. Its flagship service, Axis 360, is the product of book supplier Baker & Taylor. The success of this app will determine the future, not only of ebooks in libraries, but of how readers browse and borrow electronic material. The key is a diverse, stable collection that is both widely available and easy to use.

If one thing can be said for Axis 360, it is selection. The amount of mainstream, current material available through this service is unrivaled even by its biggest competitors, OverDrive and Freading. Best of all, Axis 360 hasn’t yet been overwhelmed. Longtime users of OverDrive are used to waiting for a hold for months at a time as everyone in their library or consortium piles onto a coveted title. Axis 360 duplicates many of OverDrive’s most problematic items, and thanks to its newer status, it’s not nearly as popular. In other words, there’s good stuff in Axis and nobody’s taken it yet.

As features improve, initial skepticism toward the Axis app is turning to cautious praise. The borrowing process is ludicrously simple: just point and click. You read (or listen) on your phone or tablet. Axis maintains a browser interface for search and to keep up Nook functionality, but it’s easy to see the entire service migrating to mobile in the future.

And now that this collection is available in libraries, it is easier to see ebooks having a future there. Axis 360 won’t supplant reliable standbys – if nothing else, the e-reader owners of the world need OverDrive’s tie-in to Amazon – but it will supplement, and digital book options are what the reading library community has been waiting for.