Check out these colorful story books. You don't have time to come to the library? No problem. You can read these story books with your kids Online.
Some titles are Ipad-compatable. To find these titles, go to "Story Books" and click on the GREEN button called "iPad Books" ... or use the TumbleSearch feature: type in "iPad" and hit GO.
You need to have a San Jose Public Library card to access these books. If you don't have a San Jose Public Library card, you can fill out the Online application today. Then stop by any San Jose Library within 30 days with photo identification and address confirmation to receive and activate your card. Electronic applications will be deleted after one month.
There are some very helpful YouTube tutorials for the Nook and the Kindle, in the San Jose Public Library downloads help areas: http://sjpl.org/ebookguide (towards the top of the page) and http://sjpl.org/ebookfaq (at the end of the page). YouTube also has a number of other videos that cover the Nook, Kindle, and even other devices.
This detailed tutorial walks users step-by-step through the process necessary to download e-books available free from the San Jose Public Library and read them on the Amazon Kindle or Kindle Touch. For additional information, please see New User's Guide to eBooks, eAudioBooks, & eMusic and Frequently Asked Questions about Digital Content.
Full Transcript of Naration:
Welcome to the San Jose Public Library's e-Book Tutorial for the Kindle
Please note that this tutorial is for the standard Kindle, but the same features can be accessed by using the Kindle Touch simply by touching the screen instead of using the buttons.
Basic Use and Navigation
To turn on the Kindle, press the button located at the bottom of the device.
The buttons below the screen of the Kindle are: Home, which shows your collection of e-Books; Menu, which pulls up a menu selection; Back, to exit a menu or go back; Keyboard, to pull up a keyboard to type in; and a Directional Pad with a Select button in the middle to navigate your collection.
Setting Up Wi-Fi
Registering Your Kindle
Now, return to the Home page. From the Menu, select Settings. If your Kindle has not already been registered, select "Register." If you have an Amazon.com account, select that option. If not, select the second option. To enter your email address, press the Keyboard button and use the directional pad to type in your email address. Then press the Keyboard button again and click down to select Password. Then, press the Keyboard button to enter your password. Once finished, press the Keyboard button again and click over and select the "Submit" button. If the Kindle is successfully connected to a wireless internet source, your account will automatically be linked and your name will appear as the registered user.
Note that, if the Kindle you are using is currently registered to a different user, you can deregister it by selecting Settings, "Deregister." You can then register it to a different account.
Note also that, from the Menu under "Experimental," you can use Wi-Fi to browse the internet, including the library's website.
However, for our example, we will be browsing titles through a computer with internet access.
Downloading An e-Book Using Wi-Fi
From the library's homepage (sjpl.org), there is a section for downloadable content, such as e-books. From this page, select "Overdrive." Overdrive's digital library includes a vast selection of titles available for multiple portable devices and computers. You can either browse the collection or search for a specific title.
For our example, we will click on "Advanced Search" from the top left corner. This allows us to limit the Format to "Kindle Book" as well as to "Only show titles with copies available."
After finding a title you want, next to the Kindle Book icon, select "Add to Bookbag." You can then either browse for more titles or "Proceed to Check-Out." You will then be prompted to sign-in using your Library Card number and your PIN number. Before confirming checkout, you have an option for the number of days you wish to check out the e-book. Once you are done, press "Confirm Check-Out." From the following screen, press "Get For Kindle."
You will then be forwarded to Amazon's website, where you can click "Get Library Book." If you are not already signed-in, you will be asked to sign-in using the same email address and password you used when registering the Kindle earlier. Once you are signed-in, click "Get Library Book." From the drop-down menu, select the device you would like the e-book sent to and press continue. The title will then be available on your Kindle while it is connected to the internet.
From your Kindle, on the Home page, you should see the title you checked-out with the word "New" next to it. If you don't, on the Menu, select "Sync And Check For Items." The side buttons on the Kindle (or touching the side of the screen on the Kindle Touch) advance or go back a page. Depending on the Kindle's settings, titles may appear under "Archived Items" on the second page of the Home page.
After You've Downloaded An e-Book
Now that you have downloaded your first e-book, from the Home page, by clicking on the title, you can read the e-book and advance pages by using the side buttons.
After your check-out period has expired, the title will then say "Loan Ended" and you will no longer be able to read the title.
Note that, from Amazon.com's "Your Account" drop-down menu, you can select “Manage Your Kindle.” From here, you can either, “Deliver An Item” to your Kindle, “Purchase the Book,” “Download and transfer via USB,” “Clear furthest page read,” or “Return the Book.” This allows you to return a book before the due date if you finish early, thus allowing other users a chance to read the title when you are done.
After an item has expired or been returned, you can delete the item from your account if you do not wish to retain it for further reference.
To remove the “Loan Ended” notice from your Kindle, select the title and press the Right arrow button (or, on the Kindle Touch, touch the title and hold). The bottom option lets you remove the title from the device.
Downloading An e-Book Using A USB Cable
If you don’t have access to a wireless internet source, you can also connect the Kindle to a computer using the included USB cable. Then, when browsing e-book titles, you will have the option after checkout to download the title from your Amazon.com account. If a download screen does not automatically appear, check the top of the screen for any security messages and select “Download File.” Then select Save. The file should be saved directly onto the Kindle under the folder called “Documents.” Before disconnecting your Kindle, remember to safely remove your device by using the option from the bottom of your computer screen. The title will then be available on your Kindle with the word “New” next to it.
You can now enjoy reading your e-book or e-books in the palm of your hand.
When done, to turn off your Kindle, press and hold the Power button.
For additional information, please refer to your Kindle User Guide. Also, visit SJPL.ORG to browse e-book titles available for the Kindle from Overdrive.
Have you been frustrated in trying to download books and other items from the San Jose Public Library collection of free materials? The solution: Willow Glen Branch Library has an informative e-Book and eReader tutorial on most Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. Reservations are required. To make a reservation please call the Willow Glen Branch Library at 408-808-3045.
If you have an iPhone, iTouch, or iPad, search for the FREE OneClickDigital app on the iTunes App store. You do first have to visit our OneClickDigital site though to create your account, but you can then use the app to sign in to your account, access your checkouts, browse and check out new titles, and download directly to your device using the app. All titles in the collection will work with the app!
The library's subscription to Freegal's downloadable music service will end on Tuesday, May 1 due to budgetary considerations. Please be sure to download tracks every week until then! We apologize for any inconvenience.
Do you love Harry Potter?
Do you want to read all 7 books again?
Have you always wanted to hear Jim Dale read them aloud?
Now all seven Harry Potter books are available to you on your favorite mobile device, e-reader or computer.
Check out our OverDrive Digital Library and experience Harry Potter again!
Tonight there will be lines of Science Fiction Fans waiting outside of movie theatres across the country to be among the first to see John Carter of Mars, Disney's latest film.
Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote Princess of Mars 95 years ago and tonight it will be translated onto the big screen. We've got several copies in print here at the library, but I want to encourage you to download the ebook version. It is available for free on Project Gutenburg.
Why download an ebook version? Well it is a scanned copy of the original 1917 edition of the book. It includes some really gorgeous artwork by Frank Schoonover and while we do own one copy of that 1917 edition, you can't check it out. If you are among the folks waiting in line tonight, you can read the book while you wait. I know I always prefer to read the book first, then see the movie, don't you?
Check in with us and let us know what you thought of the book and the movie!
So Penguin Publishing has changed their rules about eBook lending in libraries, to be via USB only. What this means is that you can only transfer Penguin eBooks to a Kindle using USB - you can't transfer to the Kindle app on another device, such as the iPad. We apologize for the inconvenience.