If you like audiobooks, or if someone gave you an e-book reader for your birthday, you can get your books from the library.  For free, as usual. Here’s how:

At the top of the library’s home page (where you are if you are reading this blog), look for the tab that says Library to Go.  Click on the tab, then click on the big button that says DOWNLOAD. This will take you to Library To Go (also known as Overdrive) brought to you by NorthNet Library System, a consortium of Northern California libraries.

If you click on the Quick Start Guide in the column on the left, you can find out what audio and e-book devices are supported by Overdrive.  Audiobooks work with PCs and Macs, iPods and Blackberries, and a long list of other devices. Some audiobooks can be burned to CD.  E-books can be read on almost all readers, like Nook, Sony Reader, and iPad, but not Amazon’s Kindle (yet).

Complete instructions on how to download books, including a guided tour, are also in the Quick Start Guide.

There are hundreds of books to choose from in both formats. For instance, right now Library To Go offers 620 audiobook fiction titles, and 200 non-fiction audio titles. It also has a link to thousands of public domain e-books which can be downloaded without limitations.

When browsing through the list of titles you will see that most titles are checked out. That’s because our version of Library To Go serves 27 libraries in the North State.  Just add yourself to the waiting list, and you will be notified when your selection is available.  New books are added frequently, so there are always good books to read and listen to. We now hope you will try it soon.

Posted by Nancy, who now has a new source for books for the car.