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Public Libraries and the Ebook War: The Big Six Finally Caved

E-Books and DemocracyFinally!

Public libraries will now have access to books published by the Big Six publishers: Penguin Group, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Macmillan, Random House and HarperCollins.

What does this mean for you? If you are a library patron who has a eBook lending card for South Dakota Titles to Go, then you may finally be able to read your favorite authors on your eReader device.

“Negotiations between the nation’s libraries and the Big Six publishers… which publish roughly two-thirds of the books in America — have gone in fits and starts. Today Hachette, which had been a holdout, is joining the others in announcing that it will make e-books available to public libraries.”
Here is the rest of the story:

“E-Books and Democracy” The New York Times

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Ebooks won’t be the death of us!

Tararua District Library : Te Whare Pukapuka o Tararua

For those who are worried that ebooks may spell the demise of public libraries, there are several reports (such as the one below) that indicate that, in fact, more people are using libraries in new ways.  So even if physical book issues do diminish, libraries still remain important.

New Tech City: New Report on Libraries Transforming in the Digital Age – WNYC.

Libraries are about disseminating knowledge and information, and often provide other resources for the community to use – they are not simply a repository for books. For example, in Tararua District we provide free fast broadband computers and free unlimited wifi at all our branches, and free ebooks also. We have books of course, plus newspapers, comics, jigsaws, DVDs, magazines, and people come to use those as well as meet friends or relax in the space.

Levin’s new facility Te Takere is a good example of what can be achieved.  Although containing…

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How to Borrow eBooks from OverDrive Using Your Kindle

This is a short but sweet video giving the play-by-play of checking out eBooks when using your Kindle.

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Downloading the OverDrive App on Your Kindle Fire

Here’s a thorough tutorial for getting the OverDrive program started on your Kindle Fire.

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How to Use OverDrive on Your iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch

Here is a video created by WellesleyFreeLibrary that explains how to use OverDrive for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Downloading eBooks on Your Nook via OverDrive

As we prepare for our first OverDrive Open House, I’ve come across some great YouTube videos about how to download eBooks and audiobooks onto eReaders and devices.

The first one I’ve found is an excellent video explaining step-by-step how to set up OverDrive on your Nook. The information needed to get OverDrive on your Nook is provided within the first 4 minutes of the video. The remainder of the video is more applicable to the creator of the video’s library, so keep that in mind as you watch it.

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Wireless Internet is Here!

The Platte Public Library now has Wi-Fi. Whoopie!

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eReaders vs. Print Books: Which Do You Prefer?

The great reading debate of the 21st century. What is your take? Share your comments below.

Hey!CoveringAllCovers here with a random post! 

Okay, so this topic, I find, comes with many different opinions from everyone; eReaders compared to books. To be honest, I have both and enjoy both for their own reasons, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to buy books that I really care about and think will be my favourites on my Kobo. Don’t get me wrong I think they’re amazing devices for their compatibility and user-friendly interfaces, but I love the idea of having a huge library of all my books and I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way. When ebooks and ereaders first began to become popular I thought the idea was cool but, never said, “I’m going to buy one” right away. I was definitely hesitant because after being an avid reader for such a long time, you become attached to the…

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The bookless library?

ALIA Information Online 2013

This article in The New Republic by David A. Bell is a pretty interesting read about the NYPL and its struggle for a slice of the future, albeit on a much larger and more public scale than ours:,0

Much of the ground covered in the article will be familiar to those of us interested in the subject matter, i.e. us and our institutions. It is a long read, but it covers issues including the place of books, ebooks, obsolescence of core library functions, “banishing” books from the library proper (to offsite storage), nostalgia for dead-tree books, Copyright & licensing, the consolidation of library spaces, access to knowledge, the evolution of digital formats and digitisation of text, acquisition, “curation” and building design. All in a climate of constant change. Ring any bells?

I do not think that we will become glorified internet cafes, but I do agree that change is…

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South Dakota Titles To Go: eBooks, Audiobooks, Music and Videos Lending Program

powered by OverDrive®

South Dakota State Library coordinated with OverDrive–an online lending library–to develop the program South Dakota Titles To Go. Platte Public Library joined the program in February 2012. Since then more than 70 families and individuals have registered with South Dakota Titles To Go here at the library!

So many devices, gadgets and tablets on the market today!
Which ones work for South Dakota Titles To Go?

OverDrive Open House

Beginning in August, the Platte Public Library will host a monthly OverDrive Open House, where patrons can come in, bring their devices, and ask questions about using the program. We have learned that there are so many different devices (see the end of this post for a listing) that can be used for the eReader program that many people are unsure of how to get started or they have questions pertaining to their specific device.

Come see the librarians at the monthly OverDrive Open House to ask questions about the program and to help get your devices set up! We will keep you posted with the exact date and time; information will also be listed in the Platte Enterprise and on our Platte Public Library Facebook page.

If you are interested in getting your eReader card, here are some tips:

  • At South Dakota Titles To Go, you can check out thousands of titles that include eBooks, audiobooks, music and videos.
  • A yearly membership is $5. Visit the Platte Public Library to enroll in the eReader program. You will receive a laminated card with your patron number; activation for your card number typically takes place at the time of enrollment.
  • To check out titles through South Dakota Titles To Go, you will need an eReader device, computer or mobile device. See the list at the bottom of this post of applicable gadgets. You will also need to have Internet service to go online to check out books.
  • An email address: Any time you place a hold on an eBook or audiobook, you will receive an email message alerting you when the book is available. You will have 3 days to check out a title that was on hold.
  • You can check out up to 3 titles at a time. For music and videos, the lending period is 3 days. You can check out eBooks and audiobooks for 7, 14 or 21 days. Once your title has reached the end of the lending period it will be removed from your device. If you have not finished a title, you can recheck it as many times as you wish, depending on the availability of the title.

OverDrive works on most eReader devices including:


  • Kindle
  • Kindle Keyboard (& 3G)
  • Kindle Touch (& 3G)
  • Kindle Fire

Barnes and Noble

  • NOOK 3G+Wi-Fi
  • NOOK Wi-Fi
  • NOOKcolor


  •  Daily Edition
  • Pocket Edition
  • PRS-505
  • PRS-700
  • Touch Edition

Other eBook Readers

  • Kobo eReader
  • Literati Reader
  • NextBook Next2
  • Pandigital Novel
  • PocketBook Pro 602
  • Aluratek LIBRE

Computers (install FREE Adobe Digital Editions from OverDrive to read eBooks using these computers)

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP SP2
  • Windows 2000 SP4
  • Mac OS X v10.6
  • Mac OS X v10.5
  • Mac OS X v10.4.10

Mobile Devices

  • BlackBerry (Mobihand & AppWorld)
  • iPad, iPhone, & iPod touch (App Store)
  • Android (Android Market)
  • Windows Phone 7

Other Mobile Devices

  • Archos 5 Internet Tablet
  • Cruz Reader
  • Cruz Tablet
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Sylvania Mini Tablet
  • EnTourage eDGe
  • ViewSonic gTablet

If you cannot find your device, check the OverDrive Device Resource Center for an even more in-depth listing of applicable devices for the eReader program. For more information or questions please call the Platte Public Library at 605-337-9869, or leave a comment below!

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