There are many eReaders available in the market. Let’s start with some basics during this post.
By the end of this post you will be able to:
- Know common devices and what format it supports
- Know what devices are compatible with Overdrive and what is not.
- Know about the basics of devices
- Know how to read an eBook on a device
An overview of devices can be found in the Getting Started with Digital Downloads. The link is accessible on a staff intranet computers.
Q: Is there a way to know common devices and what format the device supports?
A: Yes! You can find information about devices from columbuslibrary.org/ereaders . Scroll down a bit or select the device from the drop down menu on the right. Customers can access this information from home.
Q: How do I find which devices are compatible with OverDrive?
A: From http://www.columbuslibrary.org, click on Find out More About eReaders in the eReader box. Then click on Overdrive. On the left menu, select Compatible Devices. http://www.overdrive.com/resources/drc/ Review the OverDrive Device Resource Center to see if device is compatible.
You can also find this on the Product Comparison Sheet by clicking on the View all eReaders and compare models link available on each device page. Look for “yes” in the Compatible with Library Card column.
Q: How do I get to know the basics of the devices?
A: The columbuslibrary.org/ereaders is the best place to start. There are seven different devices linked to this page. The information includes links to the manufacturer’s website which will give operational basics like powering up and navigation controls as well as specific information about using OverDrive with the device. Customers can access this information as well.
Q: Do I have to know everything about every device?
A: No. You need to know where to find the information so you can assist a customer when they ask. The best way is to hold a device and get some hands-on experience. A visit to a location with the eReader Kiosk is a great start. Once you play with one device, you’ll be able to spot the similarities with powering up and navigation.
Yes, it can be overwhelming with learning about seven different devices. Some staff picked one device to learn about in a week. Some locations have assigned devices to different staff and they become the device “expert” and share the information with others. What has worked with your location?
Q: How do I read an eBook on a device?
A: Each device has its own method. Maria has put a video example up for the Sony PRS 950 device.
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