1 2 3 31 Replies Latest reply on Feb 14, 2012 9:57 AM by compulsivereaderTX Go to original post
      • 15. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

        Given where you are... You might want to look at Round Rock LIbrary... it is probably marginally local for you if Tyler and Austin are.  The annual fee (which even if you TECHNICALLY live IN round rock but your house is in a MUD district you still have to pay... sorry... sore spot) is either $40 a year for a family or $45... can't remember now... but individual is like $15.

         

        I don't know if they are willing to work with you to do the card via mail, but I figure they should (have you looked at access texas or something like that... I was hunting on line on the austin library web site and saw something that I wanted to talk to the information desk about next time I'm in...

         

        Round Rock Library is...

        http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/library

         

        I have no idea how to check out books and their website is TOTALLY not user friendly to FIND them... but they have electronic publications... while I'm out with my daughter this morning, I'm going to go talk to them about the hows and wherefores of getting the books onto my nook... They look like there is more robust offereings in somethings in ebooks than there are in print at the local libreary... go figure.

        • 16. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

          How do you download these books as an MP3 and then upload to the nook?

          • 17. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

             


            awellsdba wrote:

            Given where you are... You might want to look at Round Rock LIbrary... it is probably marginally local for you if Tyler and Austin are.  The annual fee (which even if you TECHNICALLY live IN round rock but your house is in a MUD district you still have to pay... sorry... sore spot) is either $40 a year for a family or $45... can't remember now... but individual is like $15.

             

            I don't know if they are willing to work with you to do the card via mail, but I figure they should (have you looked at access texas or something like that... I was hunting on line on the austin library web site and saw something that I wanted to talk to the information desk about next time I'm in...

             

            Round Rock Library is...

            http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/library

             

            I have no idea how to check out books and their website is TOTALLY not user friendly to FIND them... but they have electronic publications... while I'm out with my daughter this morning, I'm going to go talk to them about the hows and wherefores of getting the books onto my nook... They look like there is more robust offereings in somethings in ebooks than there are in print at the local libreary... go figure.


             

            I just looked at Round Rock, it doesn't look like they offer eBooks yet...

             

            • 18. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

              awellsdba wrote:

              Given where you are... You might want to look at Round Rock LIbrary... it is probably marginally local for you if Tyler and Austin are.  The annual fee (which even if you TECHNICALLY live IN round rock but your house is in a MUD district you still have to pay... sorry... sore spot) is either $40 a year for a family or $45... can't remember now... but individual is like $15.

               


              I'm passing on the Round Rock Library.

               

              I looked at that site just last week. As far as I can tell, it is the basic online database catalog that all the texas libraries are connected to even Austin. And it is a major pain in the butt to use as you have to know what you want. I searched for several bestselling authors and came up with zip.

               

              The non-resident fee is too high for me for what you get. To be honest, there are better and easier to use libraries for ebooks that are much cheaper or free. AND they will sometimes waive the "have to apply in person" policy. I'll stick with those for now. I just don't have the time to waste wading through the mess at Round Rock.

               

              Austin is suppose to be getting their ebooks online this fall and that WILL be free to all Texas residents. I imagine it will be small to begin with, but I'm willing to donate a book or too to support them.

              pamela

               

               

              • 19. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

                Thank you compulsive reader!  I live in Ft Worth and they only offer audio books on overdrive right now.  I will check out Frisco and Arlington, I was a little disheartened when FW said they didnt have it, cause I bought my nook and though Ive always loved to read Im becoming compulsive myself now!   I cant put it down  :smileyvery-happy: 

                • 20. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

                   


                  thebatone wrote:

                  Thank you compulsive reader!  I live in Ft Worth and they only offer audio books on overdrive right now.  I will check out Frisco and Arlington, I was a little disheartened when FW said they didnt have it, cause I bought my nook and though Ive always loved to read Im becoming compulsive myself now!   I cant put it down  :smileyvery-happy: 


                   

                   

                  Wow, someone else with Tarrant County roots, welcome!

                   

                  The Arlington library is a good one, it has about a thousand books or so...

                  • 21. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

                    @frog: nooksst mentioned a B&N in Southlake....

                     

                    @thebatone:  Definitely go to Arlington.  You should be able to go to any branch.  You can also get a card from the Houston Public Library for free by mailing in the application with a copy of your TXDL.  You don't even have to show up.  Don't bother w/ Dallas - exorbitant non-resident fee.  It's good to belong to more than one library in case one has something the other doesn't and in case one has longer waiting lists than the other. 

                     

                     

                    • 22. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

                      thebatone:

                       

                      I do not know if Austin Public Library requires you to apply in person or not. I don't go to Austin very often, but last time I was close, I stopped at the nearest branch.

                      You can write to the Library and ask them if you have to apply in person. If you do and you happen to have to go to Austin for any reason, I'd just stop and get a card while you were there.

                       

                      Lubbock also has an ebook library. I usually go to Lubbock once a year so I plan to stop in and get my card next time I'm there. I wrote to them about applying but they've never answered.

                       

                      Harris County also has an ebook library but you have to apply in person or so I was told at the time.

                       

                      I thought that Dallas had ebooks? I remember checking it out but the non-resident fee was way too high for me. Denton has a $50 a year fee for non-residents.

                      Check the resident requirements at each, some are pretty restrictive, some cover a good size area.

                       

                      Houston Public LIbrary is Free and can be done through the mail.

                       

                      pamela

                      • 23. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

                        Dallas got e-books a month or so ago, but charges a hefty non-resident fee ($150 - $200, I think).  Their selection is not as good as Arlington's yet.  Denton's selection is not as good as Arlington's either. 

                        • 24. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

                           


                          gqb wrote:

                          @frog: nooksst mentioned a B&N in Southlake....

                           

                          @thebatone:  Definitely go to Arlington.  You should be able to go to any branch.  You can also get a card from the Houston Public Library for free by mailing in the application with a copy of your TXDL.  You don't even have to show up.  Don't bother w/ Dallas - exorbitant non-resident fee.  It's good to belong to more than one library in case one has something the other doesn't and in case one has longer waiting lists than the other. 

                           

                           


                           

                          Yeah, I saw that!

                           

                          • 25. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

                            I filled out the form for an Arlington library card online and got it in the mail. No need to show up if you live in TX and are only checking out ebooks.

                             

                            I got a Frisco card when I was up there a few weeks back - easier to use version of overdrive there.

                             

                            I have a Lewisville card but so far no overdrive.

                             

                            At some point I plan to drive to Houston and sign up for both Harris County and Houston cards. They seem to have a good selection, worth the trip from Austin I think. And for the Harris County card, you don't even have to be a Texas resident! You do have to show up tho.

                             

                            And yes, Austin library says October, but I'm not holding my breath. Round Rock library used to be nice to TexShare card holders, but ever since Austin opened their cards to all TX residents, Round Rock has clamped down - if you aren't a resident (or pay) you can't check out new books, you can't put a hold on books online etc so even if they get ebooks - you'll need to pay or live there.

                             

                            I forgot - The Colony library is part of the North Texas Regional Library System and although I haven't been up there yet, I don't see any restrictions saying you have to live in The Colony on their website. Obviously, I don't have a card from there - the other libraries in the North Texas Regional Library System are residents only and when I was up there I didn't realize The Colony doesn't say that. I'll call when I'm up there again, but it's going to be a while.

                            • 26. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

                              FYI: This is up to $35/year now for out-of-state residents.  Within PA it appears to be free.

                              • 27. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

                                There's also a lending library at OpenLibrary.org, which is free to use from anywhere in the world. Like Overdrive, they limit you to five books at a time, and you have to use ADE to open the books and transfer them to your Nook.

                                 

                                The OpenLibrary borrowing collection is about 10,000 books (I think this is comparable to but a bit smaller than Overdrive), but if you're lucky enough to live near one of their 1,000 affiliated libraries (which are very oddly clustered in the U.S.), you get in-library access to "interlibrary loans" from their much larger collection of 100,000. Alas, my nearest location is a two-hour drive away.

                                • 28. Re: I found a public library for ebooks! YEAH!

                                  An out-of-state library card has gone up to $35 now.

                                  • 29. Central Texas now has a digital library.

                                    Several cities are listed as being part of the central texas library consortium. If you have a card to any of them, you can use it. For folks who live in central texas but might live in rural areas (as I do), you're best bet would be one of the towns that do not charge for out of town residents such as Pflugerville. Some of the cities charge a small fortune for out of town folks, but Pflugerville is free as long as you have a photo ID to prove you live in central texas.

                                     

                                    http://ctdl.lib.overdrive.com/21C13710-ED66-4DC4-AA9A-170625CF9ED3/10/696/en/BrowseeBookFiction.htm

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                     

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