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April 11, 2013

Welcome to the Download Zone

Huntington Memorial Library and all the libraries in the Four County Library System provide free access to electronic books and audio books. Called the Download Zone, you access the materials using your library card number, computer and/or device. Introduced in 2011, usage is growing by leaps and bounds now that more and more people are obtaining e-readers. You can enjoy an e-book at home or on the go. You’ll also never have to worry about returning the material since it disappears from your device at midnight on the day it is due. No fines to worry about with these materials.

OverDrive has just announced new ways to read e-books from your Internet Browser. This option is called OverDrive Read. All you have to do to read an e-book is to go to the Download Zone site at, check out a book and choose the Read in Browser option. As long as you have a device that can browse the Internet, you can choose this option. Unlike Adobe Digital Editions, no authorization of the software or device is required. This includes computers, tablets and smartphones.

Also, there are now many e-readers that have the ability to use apps. If you go to your app store and download the OverDrive Media Console App, you can easily check out library e-books using the app. Or, for those of you who prefer to use a basic e-reader dedicated to just reading, you just download your checked out books from the Download Zone and use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer the books to your device while connected to your computer. Adobe Digital Editions Software is needed on your computer for this to work. Once it is installed, you can easily read e-books on your computer or transfer them to your e-reader. The OverDrive App is also available for your smartphone, tablet or app-capable device.

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